Yesterday, April 14th, at 3:10 PM, an attempted luring reportedly occurred on Hamilton Ave. near Chestnut Street in Princeton, where a male described as Hispanic or black, 35 – 40 years of age, 5’10” – 6’, slim and lanky build, wearing: gray sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt with possible yellow stripes; attempted to lure an 11 year-old male into his vehicle while walking home from school.

The suspect allegedly parked his gray mini-van or SUV, newer model, unknown license plate, along the south curb of Hamilton Ave. approximately 100’ east of Chestnut St. with the engine running, and stood outside on the south sidewalk. As the 11 year-old victim walked east and approached, the suspect motioned with his hands to come toward him, opened the rear passenger door of the vehicle, and pointed at it for the victim to get in. The 11 year-old ran away in the opposite direction (west on Hamilton Ave.), where he coincidentally met his mother driving by and reported the incident to her. The suspect was not located in the area.

There was no verbal communication between the suspect and the victim, and the victim was uninjured. The suspect’s vehicle was empty and there was no one else present.

Anyone with information contact Detective Sergeant Christopher Quaste (609) 921-2100 ext. 2120 or

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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