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Paramus NJ, the Paramus Police Department is seeking any possible information on two suspicious events . On Monday, May 3, 2021 officers interviewed a resident who reported that their ten (10) year old daughter was walking in the area of Van Binsberger Boulevard , near Midland Avenue at approximately 3:20 PM. At that time a vehicle described as possibly a Jeep Wrangler (described as jungle looking), dark in color pulled to the victim and asked “Do you want a ride” The victim ran home and notified the police. The suspect was described as a male white, heavyset, age possibly in 30-40’s. He had spikey hair, with a fade on the sides. He was possibly wearing a blue and white checkered shirt.
The second incident occurred previously on April 8, 2021, at approximately 1:45 in the area of Azalea Street and Roosevelt Boulevard. At that time and date, an eight year old male was riding his bike when a dark colored vehicle approached him and asked if he wanted candy. The boy rode directly to his home and notified the police. The suspect was described as a male white, age 20- 30 years old, with blond hair that was spiked.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Paramus Police Department at 201-262-3400 or use our anonymous tips app located at www.paramuspolice.org
The Paramus Police Department recommends the following tips to help keep your children safe:
• Stay away from strangers. Explain what makes a person a stranger. Note that even someone with a familiar face is a stranger if you do not know him or her well.
• Stay away from anyone who is following you on foot or in a car. Don’t get close to them or feel as though you must answer any questions they ask you.
• Run and scream if someone tries to force you to go somewhere with them or tries to push you into a car.
• Memorize a secret code word. Tell your child not to go with anyone under any circumstances unless that person also knows this code word.
• Adults shouldn’t ask children for help. For example, a child shouldn’t trust grown-ups who ask kids for directions or for help finding a puppy or kitten. A child who is approached in this way should tell the person, “Wait here and I’ll check with my mom or dad,” and then find his or her parents right away.
• Always ask for permission before going anywhere with anybody. Ask a parent or the grown-up in charge before leaving the yard or play area, or before going into someone’s home. Do not accept any unplanned offers for a ride—from someone known or unknown.
• Always tell a parent where you are going, how you will get there, who is going with you, and when you will be back. Be home at the agreed-upon time or else find a way to contact home directly.