Florham Park, NJ authorities are concerned about a report of a man reportedly attempting to lure a 12-year-old boy into his van.
According to Florham Park police, the boy was walking in the area of 20 Murphy Circle after school when a white van pulled up beside him. The boy told police that a white or Hispanic man opened the passenger door and offered him some candy in exchange for getting into the vehicle.
When the boy ran away, the van apparently drove up Murphy Circle to Farr Lane.
The Florham Park Police Department and Office of Emergency Management reported that the vehicle was a white van with red lettering on the side and up to two ladders on top.
The boy told police that he did not get a good look at either the driver or the van’s license plate.
In New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6 criminalizes luring and/or enticement of minor children. The statute classifies luring as a second degree crime. In this case, if the suspects are apprehended and convicted, they could each face up to 10 years in state prison. Additionally, a luring conviction triggers certain Megan’s Law registration requirements.
For additional information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man May Have Tried to Lure 12-Year-Old Boy with Candy, Florham Park Police Say.”