Bridgewater-Raritan parents received an alert Wednesday evening from the district concerning a report of increased police presence on Route 28 after reports surfaced of an individual making faces at a female student at a bus stop in Branchburg in early February.
The message said that there have been reports of a white male about 30 to 40 years old and driving a maroon four-door car making faces at a female student in Branchburg. There was also a report of a white male in a maroon four-door car asking a Somerville Middle School girl to get into his car.
According to the message, the Branchburg Police Department shared the message with all Branchburg schools, and Bridgewater Police have also confirmed the report and endorsed its release to all Bridgewater-Raritan parents.
Bridgewater Police have reported, the message said, that no similar incidents have occurred in Bridgewater recently, only in Branchburg and Somerville at this point.
Below is the message sent out to all Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District parents:
You may have noticed an increase in police presence around Route 28 during bus pick up and drop off times. This increased presence is in response to reports of an unknown white male aged approximately 30-40 years of age driving a maroon four door car. This individual was seen making faces at a female student at approximately 7:40 am on February 6th and 7th. The same individual was also present on February 8th at about 3:40 pm. No contact was attempted with the student on the 8th. A similar report was also made by the Somerville police on January 31st. The individual in the Somerville incident was also driving a 4-door maroon car and was described as a white male with brown hair and a full beard. The man in Somerville asked a Somerville Middle School aged girl to get into his car. The police have increased their vigilance and would like everyone to be aware of the incident. If you happen to see something suspicious, please contact the Branchburg Township Police at 908-526-3830. If the situation appears to be urgent, please call 911.