New Jersey State Police are working with the Upper Township School District to investigate two possible student abduction attempts near the middle school earlier this week.
According to a State Police release, a seven-year-old Upper Township Elementary School student exited her school bus at Jonathan Landing at Perry Road Tuesday and was approached by a man in a white SUV. He drove past her and yelled “get [expletive] over here you person,” but did not stop. That incident was not initially reported to State Police.
On Wednesday, the student reported the same vehicle drove past her on Perry Road and the driver reached his arm out of the window in what appeared to be an attempt to grab her and said “get [expletive] over here you person,” before again driving away. The license plate contained the letters LUZ, and it’s not known if it is a New Jersey license plate, the release stated. The incident is currently under investigation.
The Upper Township School District was contacted about the incident by the child’s parent late Wednesday night and informed State Police. State troopers were present for bus dropoff this morning and will again be present Friday, Superintendent Vincent Palmierisaid. They also patrolled bus stops.
“We have great open lines of communication with (State Police) and they’re always doing their best to be a presence at our schools during the school year,” Palmieri said.
Anyone with information related to this or other incidents is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Woodbine Station at 609-861-5698. The Upper Township Schools announcement recommends that parents hold age-appropriate conversations with their children on what they should do if a stranger approaches.
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