UPDATE: It turns out a report by a Ridgewood High School student that he was slashed by a robber in broad daylight on a busy village street was bogus, authorities confirmed last night.
“After an exhaustive investigative effort we can now confirm that there was not, nor is there now any current threat to public safety or our children from the alleged slashing/attempted robbery incident which was reported to our police department yesterday,” Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said in an official statement last night.
“As many of you have witnessed, our community takes the safety of our children very seriously and will mobilize and take all necessary steps to ensure their safety,” Ward wrote to parents last night. “I would like to thank everyone for their support and cooperation in this matter.
“Please be assured that we will continue with our increased presence in and around our schools, along with patrols — both marked and unmarked — which have been in place since the previous attempted luring incident earlier this month.”
Ward was referring to two recent incidents in town.
A village girl said a man grabbed her on her way home from school on Nov. 1, a week after two other girls said they were scared off by a driver who pulled up to them in the same neighborhood.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.