Jefferson New Jersey police are looking into a report of a luring incident on a neighborhood street.
According to authorities, a 10-year-old boy was walking home from school around 3:30 p.m. when a man approached him in a white minivan. The suspect allegedly rolled down his window and asked the boy if he wanted to come with him to look at some kittens.
When the boy did not respond to the suspect’s question, the suspect drove off and left the area.
Jefferson NJ police officers later searched the area for the minivan; however, they were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspect.
Police recently released a description of the suspect. The suspect has been described as a light-skinned black male with a heavyset build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a white t-shirt.
If police are eventually able to find the suspect, it’s possible that he would face serious criminal charges. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:13-6, anyone who tries to lure or entice a child into a motor vehicle can be charged with a second degree felony. A conviction for second degree luring could lead to a sentence of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
The Jefferson Police Department has asked for the public’s assistance with the investigation. Anyone who has information about the possible luring incident, or the suspect, should call investigators at 973-697-1300.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Jefferson Police Investigating Attempted Child Luring.”