CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- A terrified Cliffside Park mom with her 5-yer-old daughter scared off a would-be carjacker who got into the back seat Thursday morning and threatened to have a gun, authorities told Daily Voice.
Borough schools were locked down after the 9:30 a.m. incident -- and remained closed until 11 a.m. while police combed the area, Police Chief Richard Gaito said.
Mother and daughter had left their home near #3 School and gotten into their car when the would-be carjacker -- wearing a blue hoodie and a mask -- accosted them, Gaito said.
"The mom started screaming and got out screaming, and he fled the area," the chief said.
Anyone who might have seen or heard anything in the area around that time, or has information that could help the investigation, is asked to call Cliffside Park PD: (201) 945-3600 .