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Demarest Parents On Edge After Alleged Luring Attempt

Police: 12-Year-Old Girl Ran Away From Two Men In A Pickup Truck
Serpentine Road in Demarest, N.J. (file / credit: Google Maps)

Serpentine Road in Demarest, N.J. (file / credit: Google Maps)

DEMAREST, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - Police are investigating a luring attempt in the normally quiet Bergen County suburb of Demarest.

Usually children walk to and from school under arching shade trees along some streets that don’t even have sidewalks.

But Monday afternoon, a 12-year-old girl ran home and said two men in a blue pickup truck followed her and kept asking her to come over.

Police Chief James Powderley III told The Record the incident took place on Serpentine Road as the child was on her way home from the Demarest Middle School.

Parents are now on alert.

“Very distressing and what we tell our kids, obviously, is not to go over to any cars that are slowing down, approaching, signaling you to come over,” one parent told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams.

“You just need to be aware if someone’s just hanging around the schoolyard, watching them ride their bicycle, or anything like that,” said another.

“I’m gonna let the school talk to them about it and then afterwards I”m gonna talk to them about what the school spoke about,” said still another.

Police said the two men were described as being in their late 30s with brown hair and the driver was described as muscular.

The truck was described as being royal blue with a chrome rack.

Police said that this year, strangers have tried to lure two middle school and three high school students.

If you know anything about any of these incidents, please call the Demarest Police Department at 201-768-1540.

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