EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — A pickup truck driver is wanted for an attempted child luring at an East Brunswick bus stop, police said.
The boy was at the corner of Arthur Street and Willow Street on Wednesday afternoon when a man drove up, rolled down his window and called out to 12-year-old Daniel Granadeiro.
"Hey yo kid, come here," the man said.
"As soon as he did that I started running toward the direction of my house," Granadeiro said. "I was actually going to knock up on my neighbors door and ask her if I could come in."
Granadeiro wasn't harmed and was able to snap a photo of the truck.
"I didn’t even get a look at the drivers face cause the windows were so tinted and so dark," said Granadeiro, who usually walks his sister home from the bus. But now his family isn't taking any chances.
Police have asked for help identifying the driver. The Ford pickup was last seen traveling east on Arthur Street and making a right turn onto Old Bridge Turnpike southbound. It has a “horse-like” decal on the back window, a construction light bar on top of the roof and tinted windows. Police described the driver as "older."
"I was out eating and my son just called me and told me what happened and I just said I’m going to go I have to be there," said Filomena Granadeiro, Daniel's grandmother. "From now on, I’m going to come here."
There are increase directed police patrols in the area as officers investigate.
"It’s terrifying to think that it’s so close to home," a neighbor said. "My kids play outside all the time they’re 5 and 7. And I just couldn’t believe it, it’s right here."
Police have not released any images of the pickup truck or of the driver.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the East Brunswick Police Investigative Division at 732-390-6990. Anonymous confidential tips are accepted by dialing 732-4EBTIPS (328477) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.