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Know Your Enemy: Hunt for N.J. child predator

In New Jersey, parents are on scared tonight. Is a hard-to-catch, child predator about to strike again?

Our Know Your Enemy team is all over this one.

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It’s a story that would scare just about any parent. Cops believe one man might be behind two luring attempts near an elementary school, urging parents to be on high alert.

It’s common for cops to keep a close eye on elementary schools in Wood-Ridge.  But now, it’s for good reason.

“Monday around 4 p.m., a man approached a young boy in the area right here near the [Catherine Doyle] School,” said Wally Zeins. “Kid was smart enough to not go, he ran away ran home and reported it.”

A happy ending or horrifying trend? Police say Monday’s luring attempt is similar to an unsolved case from a few months ago in November. Fortunately, in that case, the kid ran away and nothing happened.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, between 5’10” to  5’11”, about 180lbs and wearing all black.

Outside the Catherine Doyle School Friday, parents told PIX11 News they received alerts about Monday’s attempt.

School bus aid, Meme, says while she’s glad the child ran away but worries not all would react so swiftly.

“I know their parents taught them,” said Meme. “But kids can be so vulnerable but if you’re friendly and nice they may talk to you.”

Zeins says it’s up to the parents and when incidents like these pop up, it’s crucial for them to remind kids about stranger danger.

Cops say both of those attempts happened after school hours.

If you have any information, you are urged to call the police department.

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