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Recognize him? He lured different girls on separate days, Leonia police say

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot File Photo

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN? Leonia police are seeking the public’s help finding a man who they said followed and then approached two different girls on the street, asking one “inappropriate” questions and another to get into his vehicle.

The first girl, a 15-year-old, told police she was walking home on Thursday when she noticed a black van slowly following her, Police Chief Thomas Rowe told CLIFFVIEW PILOT last night.

She turned and walked in the other direction, Rowe said, but the driver got out and “proceeded to ask her a few inappropriate questions,” the girl told police.

She described him as white, 40-50 years old, 6 feet tall, thin, with a scraggly beard.

A 12-year-old girl told police she was walking on Fort Lee Road near Broad Avenue around 11:45 a.m. yesterday when spotted a “dirty” older-model black or blue Chevy Tahoe behind her.

The driver was “aggressively honking the horn to get her attention,” Rowe said.

The driver then pulled alongside of her and asked for directions to Overpeck Park, she told police, adding that she shrugged her shoulders without speaking.

“Why don’t you get into my car and show me where it is?” she said he asked her.

The girl said she ran to a local business to get away, as the driver sped off westbound on Fort Lee Road.

The New Jersey license plate on the truck included a “W,” she told police.

She described the driver as white, in his late 40s, with long, brown shaggy hair at ears’ length, a large nose, a scruffy face and a gray shirt.

Rowe asked that anyone with information about either or both incidents, or the man involved, to call Leonia police: (201) 944-0800

“Until the subject has been identified, we will be increasing both our marked and unmarked patrols,” the chief said.

SKETCH: Fort Lee Detective Lt. Kenneth Porrino

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