Long Hill Township police officers are investigating a report of a man attempting to lure two teenage girls into a minivan.
The suspect reportedly approached the girls on Passaic Avenue in the Stirling section of Long Hill. Police indicated that the suspect drove past the girls while they walked on Somerset Street and parked a silver Chrysler minivan on Passaic Avenue. The minivan then allegedly backed up and followed the girls as they turned onto the road.
According to the mother of one of the girls, the suspect “wanted to get lunch or ice cream or see a movie” with the girls. When they did not respond, the suspect turned east onto Essex Street and left the area. The girls then ran to a nearby house.
Police described the suspect as a white, elderly man with thinning white hair. The vehicle he was driving has been described as a silver Chrysler minivan with no registration.
Long Hill Township police investigated the surrounding area after the incident but did not locate the vehicle or the suspect.
If the suspect is apprehended, he could face serious charges. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6, luring is a second degree felony. This means that anyone convicted of luring is subject to a sentence of between five and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Police have asked that anyone with information about the suspect or the incident call 908-647-1800.
For more information, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Police Investigating Report of a Man in a Minivan Approaching Teen Girls.”
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