PLEASANTVILLE — A city man was arrested and charged with the attempted luring of a young girl.
The 13-year-old girl was walking to her bus stop on Risley Avenue around 7:15 a.m on June 2 when she noticed a man, later identified as 38-year-old Jamil Boston, approaching her, police said. Police were notified by Pleasantville school officials.
Startled by his presence and demeanor, the young teen turned and walked in the opposite direction. But the man quickly approached her from behind and grabbed her shoulders.
The quick-thinking juvenile ran towards a school bus in the area. The bus driver and bus aide told police they witnessed the incident and intervened, police said. That’s when the man fled on foot.
Boston was apprehended a short time later and charged with attempted child luring, attempted sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
He is in the Atlantic County Justice Facility, pending a court appearance.
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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.
Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.
If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.
You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.
Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.
Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.
I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: