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Police: Teen Harrassed by Driver on Haddon Avenue

The incident prompted a message from Haddon Township Superintendent Nancy Ward to parents of students in the school district.

The panoramic-roofed Hyundai Genesis (or Azera) that Haddon Twp. police say was used in a possible child luring incident. Credit: Haddon Township Police.
The panoramic-roofed Hyundai Genesis (or Azera) that Haddon Twp. police say was used in a possible child luring incident. Credit: Haddon Township Police.
Reports of a 16-year-old female being accosted by a suspicious driver on Haddon Avenue led to a district-wide phone message to parents of Haddon Township students on Tuesday afternoon.

In what Haddon Township police are reporting as a "possible attempted luring," the teen was allegedly headed north on Haddon Avenue around 4:45 p.m. January 6.

At French Avenue "she was approached by a passing white vehicle, possibly a Hyundai Genesis or Azera with a panoramic roof" and "spare tire or donut on the rear passenger side," police said.

The driver of the vehicle, who is described as a heavyset, white male with brown, curly hair and a tan complexion, allegedly honked as he passed by on Haddon Avenue, and then turned into the parking lot at Cook's Liquors and asked the teen if she wanted a ride home.

Police report that the teen allegedly ignored the invitation and continued on her way.

The incident prompted an automated phone call to parents of children in the Haddon Township school district from Superintendent Nancy B. Ward, alerting them to "an incident involving a child on Haddon Avenue yesterday."

Ward's message, which was distributed after 4 p.m. Tuesday, stressed that "no child was harmed," and that "police are looking into it," but encouraged parents to speak with their children about not entering a stranger's car.

Information from police did not surface until a few hours later, when Ward notified parents by e-mail about the announcement on the Haddon Township police Facebook page

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Haddon Township Police at (856) 854-0011, or, anonymously at (856) 854-1176, Ext. 4TIP (4847). 

"We would remind and encourage parents to speak with their children regarding stranger danger and would request residents contact the police immediately regarding incidents of this nature," police said in a statement.

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