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Hopewell Township Police Department
Wednesday October 20th, 2010 :: 06:06 p.m. EDT


Look for email update on the reported attempted luring investigation.

Hopewell police officers and detectives have been investigating this incident all day and we wish to update our residents on the status of the case.
No other similar incidents have been reported in Hopewell Valley or the surrounding areas. Messages and alerts sent to police departments across the state and into Pennsylvania have resulted in no additional information.
Officers have spoken to residents in the area where this incident was reported, no one other than the young victim has reported seeing the vehicle or the suspects.
The police department wants to assure residents that we are doing all that we can to locate the suspect vehicle and individuals. We also want to assure people that they should continue to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods.
Incidents similar to this are periodically reported to police in many jurisdictions. Often the ensuing investigation finds them to be cases of misunderstanding, a person merely wanting to ask a child a question or for directions, for example . Sometimes they are found to be foolish, ill-conceived jokes perpetrated by short-sighted individuals who don’t realize the full impact of their actions. And of course in the very rare instance they are actual attempts to lure a child. Investigators are presently unsure just what this case is but will continue to investigate as if it were a true attempted abduction. The department will keep the public informed of developments in the case as appropriate.
We will immediately notify the public of any new incident or any threat to the safety and well being of our citizens.
We believe that residents should allow their children continue to engage in normal activities in their neighborhoods and should also consider reminding small children of how to react to strangers.
We wish to also remind people to immediately call the police department whenever they observe suspicious persons, activity or vehicles.

Hopewell Township Police Department
201 Washington Crossing Pe Rd
Pennington, NJ 08534

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 609-737-3100

George Meyer

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