Cranford Police Investigate Possible Child Luring Incident

The following information was submitted by the Cranford Police Department. The investigation is ongoing.

The Cranford Police Department is currently investigating a possible child luring
incident that occurred earlier this morning not far from a local school.

An 11-year-old juvenile was approached while walking to school at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, according to a statement issued by the Cranford Police Department. The juvenile was walking on Brookside Place near the intersection of Waverly Place when the incident occurred. The juvenile reports that a newer style silver vehicle (make unknown) pulled near the curb and the adult male driver motioned to the juvenile to come to his vehicle.

The suspect, described as a white male in his 30s with light-colored short hair (possibly a crew cut), was wearing a white shirt and sport coat. The unknown suspect never spoke to the juvenile during the incident.

According to police, the juvenile ignored the adult male and continued walking to the bus stop where she called a parent and reported the incident. The vehicle left the area heading east on Brookside Place.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cranford Police Department at 908-272-2222.

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Michele October 19, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Not at all. Just good parents. That is not to say you are not. You just appear to be naive or unaware of what goes on in the world we live in. Please note you are the ONLY one whose comments advocate letting an 11 year old walk around alone. Good luck.
Michele October 19, 2012 at 02:50 PM
How right you are. Things have changed and what one would let their child do some years ago would not be deemed safe now. The very idea that we have to teach children how to deal with such situations is a sad commentary on the state of the world. On another note not for a minute do I believe the man involved in this incident was aksing for directions. I can't think of any adult who would aks a child that age how to get around town. Even as a woman I would seek out an adult not a kid.
Rosanne October 19, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Simply put, it is better to be safe, especially with our precious children, then sorry when something like this occurs. For all the bantering back and forth, the bottomline is that all parents truly care about their children, but give them the freedom to walk back and forth to school...the very reason for neighborhood schools. True, it is better to walk with a friend or two and that should be encouraged. Thankfully, the child was not abducted, but we must pause and take stock of the priorities in our lives...a child's needs and protection must be first and foremost.
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Tom June 16, 2013 at 07:06 PM
It COULD have been a potential abduction, but lets not get carried away. Maybe the guy was going to ask her a simple question as what is the name of this street, or similar. While the girl acted correctly and deserves accolades, lets not judge the situation with hysteria, rather lets be sober... it may have not been what it seemed like. Kudos to the child though!


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