MERRICK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police are stepping up patrols around schools in two Nassau County communities after several attempted lurings were reported this month.
Nassau County Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs there have been a total of 10 luring incidents in the past several weeks in Bellmore and Merrick.
“Clearly, there is a predator among us,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said Monday.
As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, kids are being warned to keep their guard up walking home from school in the Merrick and Bellmore school districts.
In the most recent case on Friday and just one block from school, the man tried to grab an eighth grader by the arm, Gusoff reported.
In four incidents, middle school students were either followed or approached by strangers, authorities said.