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Police: Second Luring Incident Reported in Montclair in Less Than Two Weeks

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - A 10-year-old boy reported an attempted luring incident to Montclair Police officials on Thursday, February 9. This is the second luring report within less than two weeks.

According to police officials, at approximately 5 p.m. on Thursday, the 10-year-old boy was walking on Harrison Avenue when he was approached by a man operating an older style, dark color van. 

Lt. David O'Dowd of the Montclair Police Department wrote, "The operator of this vehicle was described as a white male, 40-50 years old with a brown beard."  

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It was reported to police that the man pulled the vehicle over beside the juvenile offering him a ride and and inquired if he was lost.  

"The juvenile did not respond to this subject and fled the area," O'Dowd said. 

A prior incident was reported on January 31 at approximately 8:20 a.m. with another boy.  

A 9-year-old boy told officers that he was walking on Harrison Avenue and was approached by a male operating a green cargo style van with no rear windows. 

The boy described him as a white man with curly hair and a gray/brown beard, according to O'Dowd.  The man then exited the vehicle and asked the boy if he was lost. 

The juvenile did not interact with this subject and immediately left the area on foot. 

These incidents are currently under investigation. 

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