Camera phone used to stop crime
POLICE IN CLIFTON, N.J., told The Record newspaper that the 15-year-old boy was walking home at about 7 p.m. Tuesday when a man in a white, older model Ford pulled up and urged him to get into the car.
“He offered to drive the boy to Passaic to look for girls,” police Detective Capt. Robert Rowan told the paper. “He then started engaging in a sexually explicit conversation.”
The teen, who was not identified, told the man to leave him alone, but the would-be abductor continued to follow him until the boy pulled out his cell phone and began snapping photos. At that point the man jumped out of the vehicle and grabbed the youth by the arm, police said.
“A struggle ensued and the boy was able to pull away and run,” said Rowan, who praised the teen for having the “presence of mind to use the technology under duress.”
The boy later called his brother, who took him to police to report the incident.