Police Looking for Man Accused of Attempting to Lure Child in Leonia, NJ
Leonia, NJ police have released a sketch of a man who allegedly attempted to lure a 13-year-old girl into his car last week.
The girl told police that a man driving a car approached her and asked her to get inside. The girl said that the man asked her to help him find the post office. The girl refused the man’s request and ran away.
The incident reportedly occurred on a side street near Fort Lee Road.
The girl told police that she saw another young girl in the backseat of the car. The girl was described as being between 10 and 12 years old and wearing a coat and a pink, brown, and red hat. The girl was also described as appearing to be “upset.”
The man driving the car has been described as white and in his 50s. According to police, he has a medium build, grey hair, and a grey mustache.
This latest incident comes on the heels of two other reports of a man in Leonia trying to lure girls into his car. There have also been similar allegations of recent luring attempts in Norwood and Ridgefield Park. However, police said that there is no evidence at this time to suggest that the incidents are connected.
In this most recent case, if the suspect is apprehended, he could face charges of luring. In New Jersey, luring and enticing offenses are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6. As set forth by the statute, attempting to lure or entice a child with the purpose to commit a criminal act is a second degree felony. A conviction for second degree luring can result in a sentence of up to 10 years in NJ State Prison.
Leonia police have asked that anyone with information about the suspect in this case contact them at 201-944-0800.
For additional information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Leonia Police Release Sketch of Man Sought in Reported Luring Attempt of Girl, 13.“