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Alert: 4 Nyack Kids Approached by Suspicious Man

Around 1 p.m. on Thursday, 4 Nyack Middle School students were approached by a man driving a dark sedan

 

The following note was sent out by Nyack Superintendent Jim Montesano. In October, there was a

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

I want to share with you information regarding an incident that occurred on Storms Road in Valley Cottage yesterday afternoon at approximately 1 pm involving four of our Middle School students. While walking home in the direction of Route 303, the boys were approached by an adult man driving a dark sedan. The man attempted to engage the boys in conversation. The boys ignored the man and the car continued to follow them.

The boys ran into one of their homes and the car eventually left. The initial information describes the person as a white male, 30-40 years old with brown 'buzz' cut hair. The Clarkstown Police Department is currently investigating this incident.

I wanted to ensure that you were advised of the events that occurred, particularly in light of recent reports of luring incidents that have taken place in .   

Please use this information as an opportunity to discuss basic safety reminders with your children in an age appropriate way.  You may wish to consider some of the following: 

  • Discuss predatory lures that are commonly used, i.e. asking for assistance, lost pet, bribery, authority figures, faking an emergency about a family member, etc. 
  • Encourage your children to travel in groups, be aware of their surroundings and be alert. 
  • If your children are approached by a stranger they should not engage in a conversation or answer any questions and they should obviously never get into another person’s vehicle without parental consent.   
  • Other good tactics include three basic rules if engaged: "Drop" anything they are carrying that may slow them down, "holler" and make as much noise and commotion as possible and "run" to a safe location where there are other adults. Report any luring incidents by calling 911.
  • Encourage your child to trust his/her intuition and take action if he/she senses danger.  Tell your child not to worry about being polite, to make a lot of noise, and to run away, scream, shout, or punch back at anyone that approaches them physically. Teach the "NO-GO-TELL" system. Your child should: 1) Say NO if someone tries to touch her/him or make them feel scared or uncomfortable; 2) GO quickly away from the situation; and 3) TELL a trusted adult. 
  • When your child is old enough to go out alone, demand that he/she tell you the three W's—WHO I am going with; WHERE I will be; WHEN I will be returning home.  Make sure your child informs you anytime plans may change.   
  • Establish home and phone safety rule. When your child is old enough to stay home alone, he/she should keep the door locked and never answer questions over the phone or at the door.   
  • Be aware of your child’s Internet activities. Predators use online chat rooms and other Internet resources to arrange face-to-face meetings with children. Many Internet service providers have parent-control options to block certain material from coming into your child's computer. 

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. I will provide you with additional information, if and when we receive it from the Police Department(s).  

Sincerely, James J. Montesano, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

Deanna Gould November 10, 2012 at 03:20 PM
If we can get kids to try and get the license plate or a partial, that would help get this creep. Also, every kid now carries a phone. If one of the group could snap a photo, that might even end the sickness and catch him. I realize it's easy to think of these things in my living room but worth passing on to our kids.
my3boys November 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Kids SHOULD NOT stand there and try to snap a picture of the car or license plate!! They should GET AWAY!
kerryb November 11, 2012 at 02:44 AM
I just heard of another luring incident today in Orangeburg. The mother of the child actually followed the guy, got this license plate and called police. Hopefully this is a lead to catch this creep!
Andromachos November 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Sad that we feel the need to be so paranoid. Is he a creep? Is he a normal person like the commenters above? Was he lost? Did he lose his dog? Did he say anything which even implies he wanted to lure the kids away? We don't know from the information stated here. But, guilty until proven innocent I guess. Hate and distrust all strangers. What a wonderful world we live in today.
Odd Job November 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I do think kids should snap a photo of the pervert or at least the license plate. These weirdos need to be taken off the street. I would not approach anyone's children for anything these days even if I was lost and needed directions.

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