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Halloween Curfews Issued in New Milford

In light of attempted lurings, Chief Papapietro issues 8 p.m. curfews for Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

Police Chief Frank Papapietro said that in light of the recent luring events in New Milford, Bergenfield’s current luring incident and the tragedy that is unfolding in Gloucester County with the death of 12-year old Autumn Pasquale, he has issued an 8 p.m. curfew for all Mischief Night and Halloween activities on October 30 and October 31. 

"Large amounts of children on the streets, most unescorted, creates a target-rich environment for pedophiles," Papapietro said.  

Papapietro said that given the current climate, the following conditions will be imposed on October 30 and October 31 and will apply to all persons on the street within the Borough of New Milford:

  • After 8 pm anyone on the street under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at least 21-years old.
  • Those under 18 not accompanied by an adult over 21-years old will be transported to Police Headquarters where a responsible adult over 21-years old will be notified to take custody.

"I regret that these measures need to be implemented, but I believe that recent circumstances necessitate it," Papapietro said. "The safety of the Borough’s children is in our hands."

Papapietro has also notified Superintendent of Schools, Michael Polizzi who will make sure that this information is disseminated to all families in the school district.

"We are requesting that parents be especially vigilant over their children while trick-or-treating and report suspicious activity immediately to your local police department," Papapietro said.

According to Papapietro, Dumont Police are implementing the same curfew and police chiefs in surrounding towns are considering the same.

Anthony October 23, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The state needs to implement the following prison sentences: Caught with Child Pornography= 25 years in prison, no parole Luring a Child =25 years in prison, no parole Rapist Teacher (male or female)=Life in Prison, no parole Child Molestation=Life in Prison, no parole (I would say the death penalty, but this is NJ after all) It is a shame that once they catch these people trying to pick up these kids, they will get a slap on the wrist. I bet the bail is not even a $100-K. Also with that animal in South Jersey, you are going to hear: Could not have been him, he was so quiet, he was abused as a child, he's slow, I don't believe it, the other convictions were mistakes, etc.. The death penalty needs to be brought back for crimes against children, no needles but rather a firing squad the day of conviction (drawn and quartered would really be a deterrent), and when they catch this POS in South Jersey, put him to the front of the line.
doodles October 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Im happy to hear there is going to be a curfew for Halloween and Cabbage Night...i seen enof damage to homes last year. Way to go NMPD !
Tim McElroy October 24, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Something as serious as Child Lurings and there are only 3 or 4 comments here and there....... Seems like the Patch commenters are all from one certain group, pushing their agendas.... Annoying.
Michelle October 24, 2012 at 04:00 AM
I agree Anthony, but I'd take a more homogenous approach: Caught with child pornography = death penalty Luring a child = death penalty Rapist teacher = death penalty Child molestation = death penalty Mutilation / murder of a child = death penalty Failure to legislate laws to protect our children = death penalty Releasing a convicted child sex offender back into society to prey on our children = death penalty Sorry, but I have no mercy for someone who takes a child's future or life and snuffs it out just to please his sick self. Remove them from the gene pool. There are thousands of fugitive pedophiles at large. This one is driving a silver car, terrorizing neighborhoods while he's hoping to get lucky with someone's child. He's probably raped, killed, molested before, I doubt it's his first time as determined as he is. Every time they catch a repeat offender, they should imprison the judge or legislator or parole board who pitied the pedophile instead of his traumatized victim. "Death is patient and prepares the way where adults fail to work together in the noble effort to help keep kids safe.” Chief Pappietro is protecting our children, and every effort in that regard is to be commended.
Donna Colucci October 24, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Not for nothing...I don't know why we do not have a curfew in general...I am for it all the way. I see way to often kids roaming the streets at 11:00p.m. and later...and I just don't understand why? where are their parents and why aren't they indoors. I am talking about young teens...Good Job NMPD!
Ulises October 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Mr. McElroy, what's even more annoying is that you posted your comment under this serious horrific topic. I agree with everything Michelle said. These monsters need to be put down. The most disturbing thing I did was serve in a Grand Jury that covered cases against these monsters. There's no room for these predators in society for the permanent harm they do to the innocent and their love ones.
Olivia October 24, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Way to go Chief Papapietro for instituting a curfew on Halloween. These predators are out there waiting for an opportunity to snatch a kid. We need tougher laws to keep these criminals behind bars and away from our kids. The police can't do everything, but it is nice to know someone like Chief Papapietro and the other police officers have our kids' backs!
Wendy October 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Even though the luring attempts have been during daylight hours, on special occasions such as Cabbage Night and Halloween, there are MANY kids, aged 12 -17 that roam the neighborhood during evening hours. With costumes and masks, the offering of candy by close personal exchange, it's a predator's dream. Requiring our kids of NM to be OFF the streets by 8pm is an intelligent precaution for this upcoming holiday.
Denise October 24, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Michelle, I believe you are right about this creep raping, killing & molesting before. He either is very lucky that he hasn't been caught yet or knows how to make a quick getaway.....

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