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Police investigating attempted abduction report outside Garfield school

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Garfield police were investigating a report of an attempted abduction outside the Christopher Columbus No. 8 school near the Lodi border this afternoon.

A girl told police that a man tried to grab her near the school playground by Belmont Hill Park but she broke free, a law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

A Bergen County Police Department K-9 unit was dispatched to the area of the Cedar Street school to assist after the school principal called Garfield police just before 1:20 p.m., the source said.

Meanwhile, the school remained locked in place.

The immediate description was of a thin Hispanic man, about 6 feet tall, with a backpack and wearing khaki pants and a long-sleeved, light blue shirt, he said.

Another source said police detained a man who it turned out was wanted on a warrant.

It “appears coincidental at this point,” he said.


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