Police Investigating Incident as an Attempted Abduction

An 11-year-old boy’s claim that he was grabbed from behind last week by someone who tried to carry him into the woods behind the Lawrence Square Village development remains under investigation by Lawrence Township police.

An 11-year-old boy’s claim that he was attacked from behind last week remains under investigation by Lawrence Township detectives as a possible attempted child abduction, according to police department spokesman Lt. Mark Ubry.

Ubry said it was 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 18 when police were notified of the incident, which allegedly took place near a storm water detention basin at the Lawrence Square Village development off Quakerbridge Road.

Due to recent rains, the basin – located between the residential complex and a wooded area – was partially filled with water.

The 11-year-old told police he was in the basin, walking along the water’s edge. He was tossing rocks into the water, with his back to the woods, when he was suddenly grabbed from behind, Ubry said.

He said the boy told police his assailant picked him up and started to carry him up the slope of the basin, toward the woods.

After being carried about 15 feet or so, the 11-year-old managed to break away from his assailant and was able to run home, Ubry said, relating what the boy told police.

He said the boy was not able to describe his attacker except that the person was wearing a black shirt and black sweatpants.

Detective James Smith is leading the investigation. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call them at (609) 896-1111.


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Sanriobaby September 26, 2012 at 02:00 AM
This is horrible, every parent's worst nightmare! Thank goodness this child was able to escape his kidnapper b/c chances are if he didn't, that child would have never been able to go home. I really hope the police finds this monster real soon before he attempts to kidnap another child, who may not be so lucky. Parents should tell their kids about this incident and remind them to be aware of their surroundings and whenever possible, play and hang out in pairs or groups. They should also remind them to play or hang out in areas that are not secluded too. Once again, I'm so glad this child is home and safe in the arms of his parents....
safetyforkidssafety@aol.com October 20, 2012 at 04:24 AM
It ashame that most private schools in the Pennington (Like Cambridge in Pennington, NJ ) & Princeton Area take young school children for long walks through parks, commercial area's up to 1-2 miles away, without the parents even knowing. It gets better with only one adult walking in the front of line while kids are trailing up to 60-100 feet behind the teacher.
Deborah Peters October 24, 2012 at 02:12 PM
This comment from safetyforkidssafety@aol.com is blatently inaccurate. The fact is that the borough of Pennington is a walking community with excellent sidewalks, crosswalks, and specific safety features to support an active community lifestyle. Cambridge School takes advantage of this walking community culture. Students are always well supervised by teachers and are never 1-2 miles from campus nor 60-100 feet behind the teachers. Our students' safety is and always has been our primary concern. Deborah C. Peters Head of School Cambridge School Pennington, NJ


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