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Attempted Luring Reported in Berkeley Heights

Berkeley Heights

Police in Berkeley Heights is investigating a report of an attempted luring near a school this morning.

According to police, shortly after 8 a.m. today, a possible child-luring incident occurred near Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights.

The 12-year old girl told police that she was approached on the Columbia Avenue cul-de-sac while walking to school by a man driving a black Nissan-type vehicle bearing unknown NJ license plates.

The vehicle possibly had tinted windows. The suspect said to the juvenile "Hey, can I give you a ride to school."

The juvenile replied no then ran away from the vehicle. The vehicle drove away, and there was no further interaction.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, late 30’s, black slicked back hair, a tattoo on the right side of his neck, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with a Cincinnati Reds emblem.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Jason Massimino of the Berkeley Heights Police Department at (908) 464-1111.