The West Long Branch Police are warning residents about a suspicious male subject who approached a young girl near her school bus stop Wednesday morning.
The subject, a white male who was reportedly dressed in black and driving a black vehicle, approached the girl, whose name was not identified, at her bus stop in the area of Heidl Avenue near Golf Street in West Long Branch at 7:30 a.m.
"The subject began to walk toward her and she ran into her house," the West Long Branch Police bulletin states. "When the bus arrived, the child went outside and boarded the bus, seeing that the male was standing next to a black vehicle. The child reported afterwards that she believed that the vehicle followed the school bus."
No arrests have been made at this time.
The police urge anyone who observes suspicious conduct around bus stops or buses following their routes to call the West Long Branch Police.
"Remember to note as much as possible of the description of the suspicious persons or vehicles and relay that information to us ASAP," the bulletin states.
Police suggest that anybody who sees suspicious behavior to take a picture on their camera phone if they are not driving and send it to the police.
The police state that it is common practice for a West Long Branch Police cruiser to "escort" school buses while they travel their routes and that police are "very aggressive about protecting our buses, bus stops and schools."