UPDATED: Police Investigating Report of Attempted Child Abduction in Princeton

An 8-year-old child reported the incident on Tuesday.


Princeton Township Police are investigating an alleged attempted child abduction on Tuesday afternoon. 

An 8-year-old boy told police he was dragged into the woods by an unknown man while playing in the backyard of a home on Province Line Road between Cherry Valley Road and Drakes Corner Road. 

Police said the child told them he was to escape to safety after the man tripped and lost his grasp on the boy. 

The child described the man as white, approximately 5'2"-5'5" tall with greenish blue eyes, wearing a black leather jacket, black wool gloves and a black mask.

Police encourage parents and caregivers to use and to speak with their children about safety precautions. 

Princeton Public Schools Superintendent Judy Wilson told Patch on Wednesday said that she has been in contact with police about the alleged incident.

"In cases where we are provided with any credible level of concern, we have mechanisms to have counselors, teachers and principals available to say 'Remember there are really good practices about not speaking to strangers, not to get into cars with strangers and to talk to parents about any issues.'

"In a case that might be more elevated, in which we know there might have been physical interaction with a child or anything suspicious that we have enough factual information about, we make sure we review the rules," Wilson continued. "We have to judge each case as to which level of response it gets. In this case, we are waiting for further information from Township Police and they will communicate with us if there's any reason for heightened alarm or concern."

Township Police encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 609-921-2100. 

Carrie Chase October 19, 2012 at 04:37 PM
How can you say something like that, when an investigation is ongoing? Every day, children suffer abuse in silence believing they will not find a sympathetic ear. By publicly voicing your doubt and casting suspicion upon the child, you confirm the belief many victims have. If you cannot side with our children during an investigation of a potentially dangerous threat, then err on the side of caution.
DG October 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I moved from Lawrenceville to Ewing. Today I received an instant alert message regarding these incidents from Ewing Township School District, but a friend in Lawrence who has a 9 year old boy did not receive an alert.
MJ October 22, 2012 at 04:32 PM
We have a 12 year old girl, turning 13 next week, who went missing from a wooded park in Clayton yesterday.
S M October 23, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Its hard to say if this story is from a child's wild imagination or not but either way I live in this area and will be taking trips in my car to do a neighborhood watch for a while with a spotlight.
smart_asana October 25, 2012 at 09:28 PM
The hearts of this entire community go out to you. We've read your story and weep for you. I wish your souls and spirits all the peace you can find in this time.


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