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Attempted Luring Of 13-Year-Old Girl In Bronx

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The suspect's van.

There is a warning for parents and their children in Bronx after a frightening attempted luring near a school.

The picture released by police is grainy, but the writing on the side of the truck apparently says "Empire Architecture Group."

Police are looking for the men who were riding in this white pickup and who allegedly tried to lure a young girl to their vehicle

Shortly before 9:00 a.m. last Thursday in the Pelham Gardens section of Bronx, a 13-year-old girl was walking to school.

She says the truck followed her for about a block.

By the time she reached Eastchester Road and Allerton Avenue, authorities report one of the men in the vehicle yelled out for her to come to the truck.

There were four men in the pickup.

Thankfully, the young student kept on walking and made it safely to school

This area is heavy with commercial traffic.

Eyewitness News reached out to Empire Architecture Group, which is located in Queens, but we have not yet heard back.

Meanwhile, many in the neighborhood are hoping police make an arrest before another youngster is approached.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers' website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All tips will be kept confidential.

 

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Peter Mirabella, PhD

is recently retired from the New York City Department of Education, where he taught elementary school for nearly 9 years. He completed the New York City Teaching Fellows Program in 2004. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a public affairs speechwriter for over 20 years for such organizations as The New York Stock Exchange, KPMG Peat Marwick, Goldman Sachs, and the New York State Comptrollers Office. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the New School University and a M.A. Degree in education from Lehman College. Dr. Mirabella currently is writing a book about his experience as a New York City school teacher.