Highland Park Police Investigate Possible Child Luring Attempt

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HIGHLAND PARK – Police are investigating a possible child-luring attempt on South 8th Avenue Monday evening.

A 12-year-old girl was walking home from the Highland Park Public Library when a two-tone black SUV, possibly a Pontiac Aztec, pulled up and parked on South 8th Avenue near Benner Street at about 7:45 p.m., authorities said.


The driver, described as a white male in his mid 30s, had short black hair worn in a “faux hawk” style, brown eyes and was wearing a tan sweater vest and brown pants.

As the girl passed by the vehicle, the driver called out to her and motioned for her to get in the front seat of the vehicle, police said. The girl then recognized the vehicle as previously being in the area of the Library near North 5th Avenue and Raritan Avenue.

The girl then ran away and did not see which direction the SUV headed.

School officials have been notified, authorities said.

Officials are asking anyone with information about this or similar incidents to contact the Highland Park Police Detective Bureau at 1-732-572-3800.

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