EDISON – Schools superintendent Richard O’Malley wrote a letter to parents yesterday addressing concerns about three incidents rumored to involve child luring attempts in the area of West First Street and Ellis Parkway.
The police department indicated that the incidents may or may not be connected, according to O’Malley’s letter. “However, based on the reports provided to the Edison Township Police Department, they have indicated that there is neither luring nor an attempted luring at this time in Edison Township,” the superintendent wrote. Police have added extra patrols, using both marked and unmarked vehicles to search the area for a potential suspect, but none had been identified, according to the letter.
“Please continue to advise your child(ren) to be extremely cautious of strangers when coming to and leaving from school,” O’Malley wrote. “Whether they ride a bus or walk, it needs to be reinforced to all children that they are never to approach a strange vehicle or speak to a stranger, even if they are being implored to do so. Please advise your child(ren) that, if he/she is confronted with any situation involving a stranger or a suspicious vehicle, he/she is to immediately report it to the school authorities or the police department.”
O’Malley’s letter detailed the three incidents reported to the Edison Police Department.
- On Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m., a white pick-up truck with cap, NJ. Reg XM2061 driven by a white man in his sixties wearing a baseball cap, allegedly pulled up near two boys by Lindquist Park. The driver allegedly asked the boys “Are you alone,” then drove away.
- On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3:30 p.m., a white man in his sixties with a long grey beard and a baseball cap, who was driving a gray passenger van with windows allegedly asked two boys riding scooters on West First Street, “Is that your house with the scary Halloween Decorations?,” then drove away.
- The next day, at 7:45 a.m., a light blue work van with roof rack was situated near a bus stop for JMP students by Ellis Parkway and West Locust Avenue. It sped off towards Featherbed Lane then to Inman Avenue and out of sight when a parent approached it.
“Working together, we want to make this community as safe as possible for your child(ren),” O’Malley wrote. “Any information pertaining to these incidents should be directed to the Edison Police Juvenile Bureau at 732-248-7435.”
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