Leonia police release sketch of attempted luring suspect

The man is believed to be in his 40s or early 50s and about 6 feet tall. He is described as having long, scruffy hair and stubble. The girl says the Tahoe’s license plate began with a ‘W.’

The man is believed to be in his 40s or early 50s and about 6 feet tall. He is described as having long, scruffy hair and stubble. The girl says the Tahoe’s license plate began with a ‘W.’ (11/25/13)

LEONIA - Police are looking for a man that allegedly tried to lure two young girls twice since last week.

The first incident happened Thursday, when police say a man in a black truck started following a 12-year-old girl walking home from school.

"She decided to change directions to see if she was being followed," says Leonia Police Chief Thomas Rowe, "and that's when the male exited the vehicle and proceeded to ask her a few inappropriate questions."

She ran home and called police.

A 15-year-old girl from Leonia and her parents also reported an attempted luring to police Saturday night.

The girl says that she was walking on Fort Lee Road near Broad Avenue when a man asked her to give him directions to a local park.

When he asked her to get into his truck, she ran into a nearby store and the vehicle sped off.

Both girls gave a similar description of the suspect and his car. He's believed to be in his 40s or early 50s and about 6 feet tall. Police have released a sketch of the suspect from the latest incident.

"This is a great town," says Ricardo Castiblanco. "I've been a resident for 10 years. It's safe. Rarely do you have anything like that happening here."

Parents are being asked to talk to the kids about strangers. Students in Leonia have been told to walk in groups and know what street they're on, in case they need to call police.
 

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Leonia Attempted Luring

Leonia Police Dept. : 201-944-0800

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