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Cops Investigating Two Attempted Luring Incidents Near GW Middle School

Two separate incidents over last week are not connected, police said.

Two separate incidents occured in the area of George Washington Middle School. / File photo
Two separate incidents occured in the area of George Washington Middle School. / File photo
The Ridgewood Police Department is investigating two separate reports of recent attempts by adult men to lure female students in the area of George Washington Middle School, police said in a public safety alert Saturday.

Around 3:15 Friday afternoon, witnesses saw a man described as being in his 50s or 60s, 6’2” and heavyset with grey hair grab a female student walking along North Monroe Street, according to police. He was wearing jeans, a stained grey or green shirt and dark sunglasses.

The girl broke free and sought help, police said.

A week before, on Oct. 25 around 5 p.m., two students reported being approached by an older man, 60-70 years of age, who stopped his car next to them on Godwin Avenue near Garfield Place and apparently attempted to lure them into the car. The girls “became scared and took off running through a yard,” police said.

The vehicle was described as an older model four-door blue sedan with rust on the outside and black tape on the seats. The two girls described the man to police as having “thick gold glasses with large frames, a short scruffy beard, and balding grey hair.”

Police said there is currently no evidence connecting the two incidents, which are being investigated by village detectives, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and surrounding police agencies.

Cops said patrols in the area will be increased, but police are asking parents to be “extra vigilant,” and report any suspicious adults near school buildings to authorities. Parents are also urged to review safety practices with children who walk to school.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call Ridgewood Police detectives Peter Youngberg or Forest Lyons at 201-251-4537 or 201-670-5500 ext. 412.

Colleen Quinlan November 02, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Would it be possible for police officers to be near the schools at dismissal time?
disgusted November 02, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Yes the cops can be in the area but there aren't enough cops working at 1 time to put one in front of every school, at least in uniform, so they have to use the info they have and pick their spots.
Martin Walker November 03, 2013 at 08:11 AM
I hope these incidents do not lead to fear of walking our sidewalks, because having more people doing so will make us and our kids safer. Having less pedestrians would have the opposite effect. Perpetrators of these acts are probably either out to harass our community because the resent who we are, or psychiatrically diseased persons who are falling through the cracks. Either require a stronger community response. Our daughters deserve better.
Phil Ross November 03, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Why don't we employ a community watch program?
SR res November 04, 2013 at 08:13 AM
Yesterday there was another attempted luring with 2 guys trying to get a young girl in his car in Waldwick. Groups of kids walking together might deter this going forward.
John Briggs November 04, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Even if you had all the police out in uniform around every school, these creeps would still try and find a non-patrolled corner to prey on the students. However, more patrols are probably the best way to deter these incidents. Children should walk with other children, and parents if possible, when leaving school. It also wouldn't hurt to give kids phones with pic/video capabilities. Hopefully they may be able to capture a decent pic or vid of the car, license plate, or even the criminal

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