Police: Man Attempted to Lure Woman into Car

Matawan police say he used a red teddy bear to draw a 20-year-old pedestrian to his vehicle.

A 20-year-old Matawan woman was walking on Little Street this morning when a man pulled up beside her and tried to lure her into his car, according to police.

Matawan Lt. Ben Smith said the victim told police she was walking near the bridge on Little Street at about 7:30 Tuesday morning when an older white Toyota sedan with NJ license plates pulled up beside her. The victim did not know the driver but described him to police as a tall white male between the ages of 50 and 55, Smith said.

The driver allegedly asked the woman where she was going. She ignored him and continued to walk, but he then allegedly told her to get into his car, Smith said. She told him to go away and to stop following her.

The man then allegedly drove up the street, did a u-turn, and came back to where the victim was walking. He then showed the young woman a red teddy bear and told her to come get it, Smith said. When the woman declined and continued walking, the man allegedly got out of the car, placed the teddy bear on the sidewalk and told her that he knew she would come back for it. Then the man drove off and the woman called police.

Matawan P.O. Paul Ryba responded to the scene and Det. Steve Sakowski is continuing the investigation. The department collected the teddy bear as evidence, Smith said.

Anyone with information regarding the man, who is described as a tall white male between the ages of 50 and 55, the vehicle, which is described as an older white Toyota sedan with New Jersey lincense plates, or the incident is asked to call the detective bureau at 732-290-2038.

Concerned Taxpayer July 11, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Immediate reverse 911 probably would have found this car before it left town.
Jake July 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM
All very good input, but the victim did not report the incident until almost an hour after it happened. The reverse 911 idea is great also, but if information is not reported in a timely fashion, or the information is "questionable", it can do more harm than good. ' I understand two detectives are working the case non stop and a State Police composite sketch is on its way, if not already out.
Barzillai July 12, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I'm confident that law enforcement is taking this seriously and doing all they can to sort out what happened.
Freddy in Aberdeen July 12, 2012 at 04:50 AM
why didn't the women get a plate number or even a partial plate number ? Then it would have been easier for the police to track him down..
debra July 12, 2012 at 01:40 PM
i live in said town for over 20 years and never ever felt scared i walk almost every night in that town and feel very safe. It could happen anywhere and it does. not too long ago a woman was held at knife point in a mall where you think you would be safe.


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