Man Matching Description of Westwood Lurer Asks Two Girls For Directions
Girls report that a man who asked them for directions reportedly matched the description of the man allegedly involved in the attempted luring in Westwood.
Police said that a fourth attempted child luring incident, occurring sometime between 4 p.m. September 24 and 4 p.m. October 8, was reported to them Friday by the mother of one of the victims.
According to Chief Frank Papapietro, two 13-year old girls were walking on Milford Avenue when a white male in a black SAAB asked them for directions to Kinderkermack Road.
Papapietro said that the man became "annoyed" when the girls told him that they "were not sure." He then asked them for directions to Ridgewood.
"The girls told him that they didn't know and he drove away," Papapietro said.
The man, who reportedly matched the description of the person involved in the attempted luring in Westwood, drove off in the direction of Dumont.
The man is described as a white male in his 50's with whitish grey hair, bald on top, wearing a black sweatshirt. The car he was driving is described as a black four-door older model SAAB with a hard top that may have chipped paint.
This follows on the heels of three other attempted lurings reported in New Milford. One involved a 17-year old girl as she stepped off a school bus, the other a 10-year old girl and her 7-year old brother as they were walking to school. The third luring attempt occurred Saturday when a 12-year old girl reported that a man approached her and asked her if she wanted to "go with him" while she was sitting alone in the car in the parking lot of Dunkin' Donuts while her mother was inside.
According to Papapietro, the car observed in the first two incidents is reported to be a silver four-door sedan. The man is described as a white male in his mid-40's with a prominently large nose, short brown hair, brown eyes, bushy eyebrows and a round face. He was wearing a black jacket.
In the third incident, the man, who reportedly matched the description of the person involved in the other two attempted lurings in the borough, escaped on foot.
Papapietro noted that the mother of the victim in the fourth alleged luring appeared at the New Milford Police Department with a copy of The Record that contained a sketch of the man believed to be involved in the luring attempt in Westwood.
Papapietro said that both girls had been shown a copy of this sketch at their homes prior to coming to headquarters to file the report.
"Both girls believe that the male in the sketch is strikingly similar to the male involved in this incident," Papapietro said.