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Princeton Police Investigate Attempted Child Luring


The Princeton Police Department is currently investigating a report of an attempted child luring Wednesday evening.

Police say as a precaution, Princeton Public Schools were also notified of this incident and at this time it appears to be an isolated situation, however, it remains under investigation.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., Wednesday but they weren’t informed of the incident until about 8:50 p.m.

Officials say a 10-year-old girl was walking on Prospect Street when she noticed a red sedan or coupe, possibly a "Mazda type car, drive passed her on Riverside Drive East and then made a U-turn where he stopped near her.

According to reports, the male driver asks if she was ok and if she needed a ride. The girl said did not need any assistance and ultimately made her way home.

Officials described the driver as a light-complexion man, approximately 40 to 50 years old with thin, light brown hair who wore a yellow shirt.

Anyone with information about the driver or incident can contact Detective Robert Allie at 609-921-2100 ext. 2123, or the department's confidential tip line at 609-688-2049.

In addition, police issued the following tips to help keep your children safe:

As this child was able to do, remind kids to pay more than passing attention to the vehicle and suspect when they are suspicious or afraid.

Report the incident IMMEDIATELY or as soon as you can. Officers arriving on the scene in a timely manner have a better opportunity to locate the suspect.

Tell children to be aware of their surroundings. Don't wear headphones and don't play games on phones while walking.

Tell kids if they do get grabbed or accosted, they should kick, scream, punch, bite (if hands/fingers are covering their mouth)) and yell for help.

Never stop to talk or get into a vehicle driven by someone they do not know.