CLIFTON, N.J. — Two men are being sought for an attempted child luring in New Jersey, Clifton Police Department officials said Thursday.
The men allegedly tried to lure a 13-year-old girl from her home in the Albion neighborhood.
"The white van, you know, I don't want to call it a myth because it's actually a real thing," the 8th grader's mother told PIX11 News.
The family is still scared, so PIX11 is not revealing their identity or where they live.
The girl was playing with her dog outside after school Wednesday when her mother said she noticed the white van following another girl who was walking on a nearby road. The 8th grader ran into the kitchen to get a better look at the van. That's when the mother said their dog started barking. When the girl went to check it out, the van had apparently parked outside the home.
"The person on the driver side had gone in. He was already in our property by our garbage bins. And the dog, this was why the dog was barking, and he waves at my daughter a piece of paper and he says, 'Oh, we have some delivery for you. You have to come to the van and pick up your packages,'" she said.
The 13-year-old girl was home alone so she she ran inside, locked the doors, called her mom and used her phone to video the van. It is white with black graffiti on the rear driver's side.
"I've been angry and I'm overwhelmed. I'm grateful that she is safe. I'm very proud of her that she reacted the way she did. And she followed her instincts," the mom said.
The man in the front passenger seat of the van who approached the teen is described as being in his 40s and about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with a thin build and dark, curly short hair.
The van's driver is described as a man in his 50s. He was wearing a red t-shirt.
Police said the first character of the license plate was reported as "X", which typically means it is a commercially registered vehicle in New Jersey.
Anyone with information regarding this incident and/or the identity of the occupants or whereabouts of the van, should contact the Clifton Police Department Communications Center @ 973-470-5911 or the Clifton Police Juvenile Bureau at 973-470-5882.