Howell Police Seek Help Finding Suspect In Child Luring

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HOWELL – Police are asking the public’s help in finding a suspect wanted in connection to a report of trying to lure two children.

The suspect was driving a black, newer model Hyundai Sonata, police said. The license plate was believed to be a Delaware plate, beginning with the letter “D.” The driver was described as being approximately 30 years old, with light brown skin, possibly Hispanic or Middle Eastern.

The driver drove the vehicle up to two children, ages 11 and 8, as they were playing in their front yard on Pitch Pine Lane. The incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. on Dec. 12.

The driver asked the children if they wanted Christmas gifts. Without leaving the vehicle, he handed over several gifts, including an Amazon gift card and a coloring book.

While this was happening, the mother of the 11-year-old saw this and came out of the house. The driver, who was alone, sped off when he saw her. The mother called the police, but they were unable to find the suspect or his vehicle. The “gifts” were turned over to police.

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Detective Janet Benitez or Detective Cpl. Nancy Carroll at 732-938-4575 ext. 2885/2884 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Anonymous tips can also be submitted through our tip line, p3tips.com.

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Chris Lundy is News Editor at Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and features in various publications since 2003. Lundy worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He’s also written for the Community Connection, Patch and ShoreBeat.