Curfews to be imposed after another luring incident

October 25, 2012 3:46:46 AM PDT
Bergen County residents are on edge after a series of attempted child lurings, including another incident on Wednesday afternoon.

Police have released a sketch of the suspect in the most recent luring, which happened just before 4 p.m. on Tappan Road in Northvale.

Authorities say a man drove up to a group of kids and asked them if they wanted a ride home.

The most recent incident prior to Wednesday happened on a quiet street just two blocks from an elementary school.

A 12-year-old boy was walking home from a friend's house on West Broad Street when a man in a truck stopped and offered him $100 to get inside. He knew immediately something wasn't right, so he began to run down Fairview.

When he looked over his shoulder, he saw the truck following him. So he ducked into someone's backyard and waited for the truck to drive away.

"He had been through some programs in school, so he knew when someone came up to him to run away from the situation," Bergenfield Detective William Duran said.

When police showed the boy sketches from previous incidents, he picked one out.

It's one of the same man who tried to grab a girl in Westwood just a week ago.

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 50s, with gray hair on both sides of his head, but balding as well.

He was possibly wearing a fake mustache.

Curfews have now been put in place for Halloween night in Bergenfield and Garfield.

"It's too much of a target rich environment," New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro said. "If there is a predator out there, it's just making it to easy for him."

So after 8 p.m., anyone under 18 must be with an adult.

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