Police: Another Child Luring Attempt in New Jersey

A 12-year-old girl was sitting alone in her mother's car Saturday morning, when a man approached the car and asked her "if she wanted to go with him"

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    Police in New Milford, NJ reported Saturday the second luring attempt of a child in three days.

    According to New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro, a 12-year-old girl was sitting alone in her mother's car Saturday morning in the parking lot of a Dunkin' Donuts on River Road, when a man approached the car and asked her "if she wanted to go with him."

    The girl then jumped out of the car and ran into a Dunkin' Donuts, where her mother had just gone inside, Papapietro said.

    The man "escaped on foot in an unknown direction," Papapietro said.

    On Thursday, New Milford police reported another attempted child luring of a 10-year-old girl who was walking to school. Saturday, New Milford police put out a reverse 911 call for residents warning them of the second luring attempt.

    New Milford police have called in extra officers to beef up patrols of the town. And Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins said his department will also increase patrols in New Milford for the immediate future.

    Papapietro said it was possible the man in Saturday's attempt was also the same man in Thursday's attempt, though that had not been confirmed.

    The attempts in New Milford are among a rash of child luring attempts throughout Northern New Jersey in recent weeks, where attempts have also been reported in Hawthorne, Maywood, Fair Lawn, Oradell, Ridgewood, Washington Township, Morristown and Hackensack.

    No children have been reported abducted and police are unsure if the incidents are related.

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