Attempted Child Luring In Gloucester County Under Investigation
By Robin Rieger
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – “I was walking and he went passed me and turned around,” said a 10-year-old boy whose identity is being concealed. He says he has been walking home from Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Washington Township for the past three weeks.
“I was doing fine until that Friday.”
That’s when he says a black male dressed all in black attempted to get him into his older model white minivan a half block from school on Benjamin Court.
“He beeped and I didn’t pay any attention to him, and he rolled down his window and said, ‘Get in my [expletive] car,’ and I was like, ‘I’m not getting in your car.’”
The boy, in fifth grade, says he kept walking as his fear grew.
“Is he going to stop me? Will he get out and grab me?” he wondered.
Next, he says the man got out of the van.
“He started chasing me.”
Luckily the boy says his neighbor was parked nearby to pick up her children. The boy says he ran to her car and banged on the window. She let him in and gave him a ride home.
Washington Township police have posted the report on their website that notifies residents of different investigations.
“I’m really surprised, this is a safe neighborhood,” said Will Bausch, who lives near the school.
“I guess ill be a little more cautious,” he said.
That’s what police are suggesting residents do as they continue their investigation.