RIDGEWOOD - Two recent luring incidents near schools in Ridgewood have prompted police in Bergen County to issue a safety alert to parents as kids head to school this week.
Officials say that a girl who was walking home from school Friday afternoon in the area of Sheridan Terrace and North Monroe Street was approached by a man who grabbed her, but the girl was able to break free and run for help.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s or 60s, who stands about 6 feet 2 inches tall and is heavyset. He has either gray or light-colored medium-length wavy hair. He was wearing jeans, a gray or green T-shirt with stains and sunglasses at the time.
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Ridgewood police say a separate incident occurred the week before on Godwin Avenue near Garfield Place. A man in a blue car pulled up to two girls and started talking them, but they ran off. Police do not believe that the two incidents are related.
Police are advising parents to teach their children skills such as being alert and reporting any people or cars they deem suspicious to their parents or teachers. Children are being urged to walk with a friend and never engage in conversation with strangers.
Police ask families to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks as they continue their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ridgewood police.