Man Sought in Attempted Luring of Teen, Cops Say

15-year-old female was followed Thursday afternoon from Morristown High School to area of Burnham Park, according to police.

Morristown and Morris Township Police are conducting a joint investigation after a 15-year-old girl said a man followed her on her way home from school.

According to a press release issued Friday by Morristown Police Capt. Steven Sarinelli, at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the girl was approached outside Morristown High School by who the alleged victim described to police as a well-dressed, pale-skinned Hispanic male with a heavy accent who was in a blue or black pickup truck that had landscaping equipment in the back and was parked on Early Street. 

The truck was further described by the teen as having two large headlamps on its roof.

The teen told police man whistled at her from his vehicle and followed her as she was walked from Mills Street to Mendham Road in Morris Township. The man then parked in the Lukoil gas station parking lot located on Mills and Washington streets and watched her from that location and then yelled comments as she passed by, according to the release.

The suspect then pulled out of the gas station parking lot, circled around Burnham Park and appeared to have parked his vehicle in an unknown location by Burnham Pool, according to the release. As the girl got closer to her residence on Mendham Road, she saw the suspect walking toward her. She began to run, at which time the suspect turned and went in the opposite direction, heading back toward Burnham Pool, according to the release.

Anyone with information or who witnessed anything suspicious is encouraged to contact the Morristown Police Department at 973-292-6737 or Morris Township Police at 973-326-7489. Information also can be provided anonymously through Morris County Crime Stoppers at 973-COP-CALL.

Walter O. October 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
This is scary! It's up to all of us to keep an eye out for anything fishy. I'm not prejudice, but I don't like seeing all these "guys" hanging out around the high school and around Morristown streets. I know they are looking for work, but there has to be another way!
Alberto October 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Walter I don't think the "guys" looking for work have their own pick up trucks and I have yet to see a white skinned laborer. Nice try
Nordrom Keni October 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Alberto, If you think illegals don't work for landscapers and drive the rigs from job to job, you are too ill informed to comment on this. Yeah, I said "illegal." As in, they are in the United States illegally. If you are one of these illogical people who spout off about how no human is illegal they just want to provide for their families yada yada, save your keystrokes. I have lived in Morristown for a long time, and the reality is that I have read too many stories about "undocumented" Hispanics committing violent crimes in and around Morristown. The rape and murder of the 8 year old boy, the several rapes and assaults that have taken place in town over the past decade. Of course not all crimes are committed by Hispanics, but a disproportionate amount of violent crimes in Morristown seem to be committed by illegals if you bother to follow the news. But of course you will respond that I am a racist for suggesting this. I'm not racist, nor am I conservative. Illegal ALIENS come into this country, they don't pay taxes, they suck off of our public services, they ruin the quality of life, they commit crimes, they send their money out of the country, and they have the audacity to demand citizenship. Wait in line like everyone else! I am also offended by your comment "I have yet to see a white skinned laborer." What a racist. I have seen MANY white laborers. What, white people all work on Wall Street and never get their hands dirty. How DARE you sir.
Walter O. October 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Alberto, I have. I've hired a few and for the most part they are pretty good. But, I've also had to kick a few out because of bad behavior. One instance because of cat calls to neighborhood girls. Guess what, labors come in all colors! I'm focusing more on the thick accent rather than the shade. There's good and bad in all races. I'm not putting up with this crap from anyone in my back yard!
Humpty Dunphy October 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM
How about the police report on the Morristown Zoning Officer's arrest? Dunphy, you always write about the humiliating things that drunk people say and do. Why not this Morristown employee? What gross things did he say to the woman he is accused of sexually harassing? I am tired of this one sided writing. What does the mayor think of this? Is your police reports limited to drunks and hispanics?
Stephanie October 19, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Why is everyone assuming that this particular man is not documented? Also, what he did (which is unacceptable) has nothing to do with his citizenship status.
Walter O. October 20, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Stephanie, you're right...I'm making the assumption (right or wrong) based on the young girls description of the man having a heavy accent. Legal or not, this guy needs to be caught! As for my earlier comments, I know my kids and wife are not comfortable walking around certain parts of MoTown because of the illegal (right or wrong) men hanging out. There really should be a vagrancy law enforced. Hate to think this way, but I'm just being honest.
Welak2000 October 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Who knows where this guy comes from, I'm just happy that this innocent girl had the sense to be aware of her surroundings and report this suspicious person to her family and ultimately the police right away. We are all aware that abductions, abuse, rape, etc are committed in every way, shape and form by people of every walk of life sadly. But this girl listened to her intuition and acted on it, and that's the lesson here that we need to instill in our kids.
Patricia Simms October 20, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Girls, May be hard, but we usually have a cellphone, try to sneak a picture or secretly dial 911
AJ October 20, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Was running this morning and i ran by morristown's finest pulling over a pickup that looked very similar to that pickup


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