Man Sought in Attempted Luring of Teen, Cops Say

15-year-old female was followed Thursday afternoon from Morristown High School to area of Burnham Park, according to police.

Morristown and Morris Township Police are conducting a joint investigation after a 15-year-old girl said a man followed her on her way home from school.

According to a press release issued Friday by Morristown Police Capt. Steven Sarinelli, at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the girl was approached outside Morristown High School by who the alleged victim described to police as a well-dressed, pale-skinned Hispanic male with a heavy accent who was in a blue or black pickup truck that had landscaping equipment in the back and was parked on Early Street. 

The truck was further described by the teen as having two large headlamps on its roof.

The teen told police man whistled at her from his vehicle and followed her as she was walked from Mills Street to Mendham Road in Morris Township. The man then parked in the Lukoil gas station parking lot located on Mills and Washington streets and watched her from that location and then yelled comments as she passed by, according to the release.

The suspect then pulled out of the gas station parking lot, circled around Burnham Park and appeared to have parked his vehicle in an unknown location by Burnham Pool, according to the release. As the girl got closer to her residence on Mendham Road, she saw the suspect walking toward her. She began to run, at which time the suspect turned and went in the opposite direction, heading back toward Burnham Pool, according to the release.

Anyone with information or who witnessed anything suspicious is encouraged to contact the Morristown Police Department at 973-292-6737 or Morris Township Police at 973-326-7489. Information also can be provided anonymously through Morris County Crime Stoppers at 973-COP-CALL.

Stephanie October 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Why is everyone assuming that this particular man is not documented? Also, what he did (which is unacceptable) has nothing to do with his citizenship status.
Walter O. October 20, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Stephanie, you're right...I'm making the assumption (right or wrong) based on the young girls description of the man having a heavy accent. Legal or not, this guy needs to be caught! As for my earlier comments, I know my kids and wife are not comfortable walking around certain parts of MoTown because of the illegal (right or wrong) men hanging out. There really should be a vagrancy law enforced. Hate to think this way, but I'm just being honest.
Welak2000 October 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Who knows where this guy comes from, I'm just happy that this innocent girl had the sense to be aware of her surroundings and report this suspicious person to her family and ultimately the police right away. We are all aware that abductions, abuse, rape, etc are committed in every way, shape and form by people of every walk of life sadly. But this girl listened to her intuition and acted on it, and that's the lesson here that we need to instill in our kids.
Patricia Simms October 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Girls, May be hard, but we usually have a cellphone, try to sneak a picture or secretly dial 911
AJ October 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Was running this morning and i ran by morristown's finest pulling over a pickup that looked very similar to that pickup


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