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5th Grade Girls Ran From 'Suspicious' Driver, Cops Say

Girls cut through yard to avoid allegedly stalking driver on Harrison Street.

Two fifth grade girls cut through a Harrison Street yard and ran to school Wednesday morning to avoid a driver police have labeled as "suspicious" and are seeking information on.

The girls told police that they noticed the driver, a white man with a long beard that curls at the bottom, driving a small blue car as they were walking to the Alexander Hamilton School on Harrison Street around 8:45 a.m., according to Det. Capt. Steve Sarinelli. Sarinelli said as the girls slowed their walking, the car also slowed and when the girls began to run, the car sped up.

Using the yard as a cut through, the girls were able to get to Mills Street and then safely make it to school, immediately reporting the incident when they arrived around 8:55 a.m.

Sarinelli said the girls did not make contact with the driver, including by speaking, and the driver did not get out of his vehicle. Officers searched the area but were unable to find a man matching the description the girls provided.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact the Morristown Police Department at 973-292-6737.

BiggDogg February 20, 2013 at 06:53 PM
What time does school normally start?
Chris February 20, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Haha. Good point. Wasn't it already 3rd period at this time?
Michael February 20, 2013 at 08:55 PM
AH starts at 9:10 am.
Sam February 20, 2013 at 11:18 PM
Nice response, Chris and Dogg. Next you'll be blaming the girls... Thank you Michael for the correct start time. Morris School District shares the busses for its school, hence the late start.
TONY ITALIANO February 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM
IT SHOULDN'T MATTER WHAT TIME SCHOOL STARTS! NOBODY SHOULD BE FOLLOWING ANYONE @ ALL!!! ESPECIALLY CHILDREN !!! IT COULD HAPPEN IN BROAD DAY LIGHT AS WELL!!! PEOPLE JUST DON'T CARE WHAT THEY DO ANYMORE , OR WHAT TIME OF THE DAY IT IS! (CRAP) , EVEN THE TIME & DAY OF THE WEEK , DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS SICK,TWISTED WORLD WE ALL LIVE IN.DON'T TALK 2 STRANGERS IS THE BEST THING TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN.I WAS RAISED THAT WAY & IT IS THE WAY I RAISE MY CHILD NOW.I JUST IGNORE (NEGATIVE) COMMENTS AND DON'T LET THEM BOTHER ME.I,WE,CAN LEARN FROM WHAT OTHERS SAY BUT ONLY (POSITIVITY). LIVE,LEARN,LOVE & LAUGH!!! BUT LAUGH SOME MORE.LIFE IS 2 DAM SHORT! I HOPE THAT THE POLICE , FIND THAT SUSPICIOUS MAN & HIS CAR. TONY
Sam February 21, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Amen Tony. Especially the "positivity" part. The majority of the Patch comments are incredibly negative.
Sue February 21, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Also teach our kids to get the license plate number. Keep saying it out loud over and over until you can tell it to someone or until you can stop running long enough to write it down.
Walter O. February 21, 2013 at 06:14 PM
If this is the case...lets all hope this guy gets caught! No one should follow or scare kids like this.
Walter O. February 21, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Great suggestion! Kids and their cell phones now a days...text or take picture of lic plate...heck call yourself and leave a VM message.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 21, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Sidewalks and roads are parallel. Maybe the guy was slowing down to text a message and happen to finish and sped up not even noticing the girls. It doesn't make any sense that anyone would target two girls. Anyway it was good the girls over reacted just in case, but level heads should prevail for the adults.
Stephanie February 21, 2013 at 07:52 PM
It just occurred to me....there was a small blue car sitting in front of my house this morning, and I was wondering about it but presumed that the person just needed to stop somewhere for whatever reason. I wonder if it was the same car. Could just be a coincidence
Tryclyde February 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM
And if they did indeed catch up with this guy what would happen? Would they throw him in jail for accelerating his car?
Sam February 24, 2013 at 02:45 PM
JOHN!!! It doesn't make any sense that anyone would target two girls?!? What planet do you live on?!?
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 24, 2013 at 03:46 PM
If I was going to grab a kid, one kid would be a challenge, if i tried to grab two at the same time then the most likely outcome will be that one will get away from me and alert authorities, worst case senario, they would team up and kick my but t.
Sam February 24, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Sounds like you've given this some thought! Yikes!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 25, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Sam. Not really. it is all common sense. To be a good survivor you have to think like a predictor. I used to be a federal agent and i used to chase and apprehend people. Often i would choose the battles I had a good chance to win.
SockPuppet February 25, 2013 at 05:31 AM
We're talking about children here, john, not paranoid schizophrenics like you.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 25, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Sneezy, which screen name you going to stick too? cliterus, sockpuppet, or Sneezy? No body cares which one you use, they are all pretty dumb screen names.

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