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Mahwah Police Hunt Stranger Who Asked To 'Get To Know' Girl, 15, Better

Anyone who knows or saw anything that could help the investigation is asked to call Mahwah police: (201) 529-1000.
Anyone who knows or saw anything that could help the investigation is asked to call Mahwah police: (201) 529-1000. Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT file photo

MAHWAH, N.J. -- Police presence was increased at Mahwah schools and their surrounding areas Thursday after two 15-year-old girls said a man got out of a car and asked if he could "get to know" one of them better.

The students said they were walking from a restaurant in MacArthur Square back to Mahwah High School along Ridge Road around 6 p.m. Wednesday when a man got out of a four-door, blue or silver compact sedan near Erskine Court and approached them, Police Chief James Batelli told Daily Voice.

He "asked one of the girls if he could have her black purse," Batelli said.

"The girls ignored him and continued walking," the chief said, but then he "asked one of the girls if she would go with him, get to know her better.

"At that point the girls started to run to Mahwah High School."

Batelli asked that anyone who knows or saw anything that could help the investigation call Mahwah police: (201) 529-1000 .

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