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Linden Police Investigate Attempted Luring, Lewdness Reports

By kcora on

City police are investigating what they believe was an attempted luring of an 15-year-old girl and a indecent exposure that occurred with a half an hour of each other Wednesday morning.

According to police, in the first incident, a 15-year-old girl reported that she was walking on the 300 block of E. Blancke Street at approximately 10:59 a.m., when a car pulled up to her and the driver asked her for directions to a local street.

When the girl stated she didn’t know the directions, the man told her to get in the car so he could show her where the street was. The girl walked away and called her mother who contacted police authorities said.

The vehicle was described as an older model green vehicle occupied by a Hispanic-looking male in his 20’s with a Spanish accent, and a dog in the back seat.

Police said in the second incident, a 23-year-old woman told police that while she was walking on the 600 block of W. Elm Street sometime around 11:27 a.m., an older model dark green car pulled up to her and asked for directions.

When the woman went to talk to the man, she observed that his pants were down and he was exposing himself. She described the driver as a 20-year-old man with a Spanish accent and black hair. The vehicle then fled onto Lafayette Street.

The incidents are being investigated by detectives from the Juvenile Bureau.

Since yesterday, investigators have received information regarding a possible suspect and are actively pursuing leads. The investigation remains active at this time.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Steve Zevlikaris at 908-474-8520.