Toms River police seek man in attempted luring of autistic child on Terrace Avenue
TOMS RIVER - Parents in Toms River are watching their kids a little closer after an attempted luring incident.
Police have released a sketch of the man they say tried to lure a 13-year-old autistic boy from a home on Terrace Avenue at around 6 p.m. Friday.
According to reports, the suspect pulled up to the yard where the child was playing and offered candy. His 84-year-old great aunt saw what was happening and rushed to his side.
"The aunt heard someone yell out 'Come on, come with me, I've got candy,'" says Detective Louis Santora. "With that, she became alarmed, looked at the vehicle, screamed at the driver and he fled."
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The boy's mother, who asked to be identified only as Dina, is grateful and hopeful that the suspect will be found. "We have to make sure we don't leave kids alone, special needs or not," she says. "And we have to be on guard and vigilant until this is taken care of."
The suspect was seen headed west toward Hooper Avenue in a dark colored pickup truck.
He is described as a thin white male in his early to mid-20s.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Louis Santora at 732-349-0150 ext. 1276