An Englewood, New Jersey, man who is self-employed as a photographer is facing serious criminal charges for allegedly attempting to lure young girls as well as an adult woman into his vehicle last month.
The 65-year-old was arrested this week and is being held in the Bergen County Jail on four counts of child endangerment and four counts of enticing a child into a motor vehicle.
The man is accused of trying to lure two underage girls into his vehicle on two separate occasions in Leonia last month.
Around the same time, a 29-year-old woman said the same man asked her to get into his vehicle after asking for directions. The woman declined and took down the license plate number, which was traced back to the suspect.
Police claim that the woman’s looks make her appear to be around 16.
The Bergen County prosecutor also announced this week that the suspect allegedly “approached adult females in Palisades Park and made sexually explicit comments to them” while exposing himself back in January.
Those allegations resulted in harassment and lewdness charges.
Oftentimes, police and prosecutors desperately want to tie several crimes like this to one person, which can result in victims being “coached” when attempting to identify suspects in lineups.
For this reason, it’s important for individuals who are convicted of offenses like these to seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to make sure that their rights are protected.
While everyone wants to make sure dangerous people are taken off of the streets, it’s also important to make sure that the correct suspects are identified so wrongful convictions don’t take place.
Source: Cliffview Pilot, “Woman who helped catch Leonia luring suspect looked 16, source says,” April 9, 2014