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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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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