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Police Probe Reported Luring Attempt in Ridgewood

Student reportedly approached while walking home from school.

Ridgewood police are investigating a report that three men tried to lure a George Washington Middle School student into a car as she walked home from school Friday afternoon, according to a message from the schools superintendent.

The girl told authorities she was approached around 3:30 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue, near McKinley, by three men who “began making comments about her appearance and asked her to get into the vehicle,” the message from Superintendent Daniel Fishbein said.

“After she refused, the vehicle continued to travel south on Lincoln Avenue toward Glen Rock. It then reportedly made a U-turn and again approached the female victim. The occupants made more requests for the victim to get into the vehicle. The victim ran home without further incident,” Fishbein’s message said.

The car was described as an older model, small, black, four-door vehicle. Fishbein’s message said it was reportedly occupied by three black males with short hair in their twenties.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Ridgewood Police at 201-652-3900, or Detective Peter Youngblood at 201-251-4537 or pyoungberg@ridgewoodnj.net

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JV October 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
There was also a report of an attempted abduction in Hawthorne this weekend. Perhaps the police departments in both communities have information to share that could result in finding whoever did this.
Joanna pagano October 14, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Why can't the police be at the elementary schools an in the mIrning and at dismissal ? Also the same for the middle schools, police in the morning and at dismissal ? Jpagano concerned tax payer and mom
SR res October 14, 2012 at 03:53 AM
@joanna pagano- As much as we'd all love that, I'm sure it would just delay whatever these sick people are up to by a few minutes. And based on the fact that these guys were headed toward GR then another attempt was in Hawthorne leads me to think its the same pigs. Hope they rot in h€ll.
JAFO October 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Abductors usually work alone. My guess is this was some kids (young adults) screwing around, thinking they were being funny.
Josie October 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I am not from Ridgewood, but I am pretty sure that Lincoln Avenue near McKinley is not at an Elementary School. I think the closet one is Orchard in Ridgewood or Bryd in Glen Rock? As a parent and a grandparent I hope these sick individuals are caught soon as they usually are. While police by schools at dismissal might seem like a nice idea I really not think these incidents are taking place right at the schools. In the case of my town it would be impossible as my community has more schools then we have officers on duty any day of the week.
Ridgewooder October 14, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Lock them up. FOREVER.
RB October 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
We need to educate our children about these dangers. These creeps are very savvy and will try different angles to get children to go with them. It's a sad world we live in.
James Kleimann October 15, 2012 at 04:40 PM
It doesn't match the description of the one in Hawthorne, JV.
Irene October 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Two questions immediately come to my mind: 1) What comments were made about this girl's appearance? How was she dressed? Or did they just mention she was beautiful or something? 2) Why didn't she immediately run to the nearest house or scream? When my kids were growing up, their instructions in such a situation were to run for the nearest house and scream bloody murder! Also, and I am NOT saying anything about the girl or her family, but I always made sure my daughter was dressed modestly and I made sure she either walked with friends or I escorted her to and from school. Now, granted, parents are struggling these days, working multiple jobs, so I am not passing judgment, but just a couple of questions that just don't add up.
Jeanette L October 16, 2012 at 03:38 AM
At Travell School, which is an Ridgewood elementary school that my children attended, I remember that houses that were safe to run to, near school, had signs in their windows, so that children knew where to go to if something like this ever happened to them. And anyone who signed up would usually be around after school, when the kids are coming home and would be vulnerable.
Mikka H October 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Because it's RIdgewood skip...things like this don't happen in Ridgewood...and if it did happen...it didn't happen ....no no no...not here and under the rug it goes......
James Kleimann October 16, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'll be doing an update but the authorities I've spoken to in Ridgewood do not believe the incident reported in Ridgewood is connected to the attempted lurings in other towns. In this case, the suspects were described as three black men in an older model, four-door dark-colored sedan. That just doesn't match what I've read elsewhere.
Fran Carver October 16, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Irene, I have to respond to your question as to how this lovely young middle school girl was dressed. I can't even imagine what this would have to do with the actions of these much older group of men. Making sure your daughter was always dressed modestly, in your words, must have been a full-time job for you and, hopefully, didn't give your daughter the false security of thinking her outfit could stop true criminal intent. Nothing like blaming the victim. Perhaps self defense classes may have been a more constructive way to educate your daughter...
Jenne October 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Irene, you are questioning the modesty of the child's dress, which is in fact saying something about the girl or her family. 3 guys driving down the street, making comments and trying to get the kid into the car: sounds like a classic bullying/harassment setup from our childhoods, doesn't it? In fact, most guys used to pick on shy-looking girls or girls who weren't fashionably dressed. Nowadays, with stranger danger, kids are taught NOT to go to the nearest house, because after all, everyone-- including the people in the houses-- is a potential abductor/molester. Also they are taught, if they are going to scream, to scream "FIRE" because plain old screaming for help is supposedly ignored.
Irene October 18, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Jenne, thank you for pointing out that even non-fashionably dressed or shy girls are sometimes harassed and for also pointing out that times have changed in the last 10 years, unfortunately. As Jeanette above pointed out, we used to have stickers all over our neighborhood saying "Safe Home," locations where children could run to if they felt threatened. Do they not have this program anymore? And yes, Fran, it is a full-time job making sure our young girls are dressed appropriately because of intense peer pressure to look like their favorite singers or actresses. I was not intentionally speaking disparagingly about the girl or her family or "blaming the victim." I merely had questions in my mind because in the high school and middle schools, quite frankly, some girls dress like sluts. My daughter did not have a false sense of security, by any means, and yes, she knew self-defense from a young age. And I beg to differ, but how this girl was dressed could definitely have had EVERYTHING to do with the actions of this much older group of men. I think it's awful what happened and I believe that some good should always come from something bad, like thought-provoking questions which might help others in the future. I apologize to the family and their daughter if I caused any distress, for that was not my intent at all.

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