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Attempted Child Luring on Summit Avenue in Manalapan

An unknown man attempted to lure an 11-year-old girl to his vehicle.

An attempted child luring occurred on Summit Avenue in Manalapan Township on Friday, Jan. 11, according to the Manalapan Police Department.

An 11-year-old girl was waiting for the bus when a white man in a bright red SUV tried to persuade her to come over to his vehicle. According to police, the man rolled down his window and called, "Hey, come over here to my car," to the girl.

The girl was frightened and ran home to tell her father, but when the resident looked out of his front door he saw that the vehicle had left the area.

The incident was reported to the police on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 12 and the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District was notified of the occurrence on Sunday, Jan. 13, according to Police Chief Chris Marsala. 

Police told the school district to inform the Board of Transportation so that the bus drivers were made aware of the alleged attempted luring, Marsala said.

The victim described the suspect as a white man with short, reddish hair and a pale complexion. He was reportedly wearing a dark blue shirt or sweater at the time of the incident. The suspect's vehicle was described as a red "boxy" SUV resembling a Chevy Tahoe with tinted windows and black rim.

Patrol cars were dispatched to the area where the incident took place in the days following the reported occurrence. Police also spoke with other residents who saw the vehicle in the area, according to Marsala.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manalapan Police Department at 732-446-4300.

manalapanMom January 24, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Why is this being reported almost three weeks later?
USMarineDad@Manalapan January 24, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Someone needs to be held accountable for this lapse of time in reporting this to the public. Preventive measures are being swept under the rug....not good. This being my daughter, this scum would def need to check his obamacare insurance card.
Katrina Rossos (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 04:33 PM
While this incident occurred on Jan. 11, the Manalapan Police Department did not disseminate the information on the event until Jan. 23.
Katrina Rossos (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:56 PM
From Manalapan Police Chief Chris Marsala: "We receive these types of reports several times per year and make community notifications based on an evaluation of the information we receive. This incident did not warrant an immediate notification to the public."
Karenk January 25, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Why can't there be a community report to notify residents Of reported incidents? I am More and more disappointed in the response and reaction Of our officials and law enforcement for the crime rate increase. Maybe the lower taxes and larger lots for your money are not worth the risk of living here. Seems this area is going downhill fast. The schools aren't even that good anymore. What's keeping people here, I wonder ?
Sarah January 25, 2013 at 02:48 AM
A child is approached by a stranger in a car at the school bus stop and the police chief " does not think the incident warranted immediate notification to the public " We parents find out 3 weeks later. I agree with the above, someone needs to be held accountable and that person is the police chief. There needs to be a full investigation of thiis before one iof our kids get hurt. What is our mayor doing about this? There is no excuse that parents are kept in the dark about this. What else are we not being told? Start writing folks to the mayor, the state board of education and anyone else you can think of this is too important to sweep under the rug,
Sarah January 25, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Why aren't the police patrolling our neighborhood and bus stops instead of dunking donuts. They should take breaks one at a time but you see 2-3 together. Who is patrolling the streets???
Lynn January 26, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Go easy with the donut comment have you ever been a police officer and walked in there shoes!
Karenk January 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Child luring incident in NY in jacksn heights and its all over the news. Here - NOTHING until two weeks later. This is ridiculous. It should be on the news immediately. Are we trying to sweep this stuff under the rug? This is one if many child endangering instances in the last few months. That we know of anyway!

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