HOWELL-As police continue to investigate an incident where a man placed a bag on a young child’s head this week, they said today that video surveillance footage has been found showing a good portion of the attack.
The Howell Police Department also reaffirmed their stance regarding media presence in the case who are helping the police report the events of the case to the public.
“As many of you are aware, news crews from both NJ and NY were covering the incident today. While many of you were concerned about their presence, please understand they are vital with getting this information out,” Chief Andrew Kudrick said. “The reporters were in direct contact with me to coordinate the coverage. I arrived this morning to do a few interviews and remained until the late afternoon.”
“During the day, my detectives were out canvassing the area and conducting interviews. A video surfaced from a home security camera that captured a good portion of the alleged incident. We had the parents come in and view it. In addition, a forensic interview was conducted with the child,” Kudrick added. “As of this evening, we have scaled back the investigation. We still encourage anyone with information to come forward. This is still an active investigation. We realize the community is on edge. We will release additional information tomorrow.”
According to police:
Patrol and detectives are currently on scene on Crooked Stick Court in the Adelphia Greens residential development located off of Rt. 9 and the Freehold border after receiving a report of an attempted abduction.
A 6yo reported a white male driving a black SUV placed a plastic bag over her head. This 6yo explained that she was playing outside with friends. While her friends went inside, she remained outside to clean up toys. That’s when the male approached and placed the bag over her head. It was reported he never tried to grab her. She screamed and went inside her residence. she was not injured.
The black SUV was observed sitting in the parking space for an extended period of time. That parking space is now empty.
Howell officers are currently canvassing the neighborhood and interviewing residents.
That is all the information we have at this time. We are asking residents to review their security cameras for any footage that may be beneficial.
Please contact communications as 732-938-4111 with any information.
We will update if more information becomes available.