UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County police are looking for a man who they say tried to lure a 13-year old girl into his car.
The teen told police she was walking home around 3:30 p.m. May 22 near Jerusalem and Patterson avenues in Uniondale when the man approached her in a light blue car with tinted windows, possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima.
The man motioned for her to get inside the car and when she rushed across the street to try to get away from him, he rolled down his window and asked if she was sure that she did not need a ride, CBS2’s Magdalena Doris reported.
The teen ran away unharmed. She was able to get home and call police, Doris reported.
Neighbors in the area are concerned.
“It’s right in the yard, right there it’s happening, it’s too close,” said June Castantini, who has three granddaughters.
Mark Bonnett has a girl in grade school. He’s taken a high-tech approach to safety.
“We have a little watch that tracks her and she can communicate with us and we always tell her no is no,” Bonnett said.
Police have released a composite sketch thanks to a description provided by the teen. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 30s, clean shaven with very short black hair.
“She was smart enough to run away and hopefully the description of the person will alert the police and us as a community to look out for this individual,” Bonnett said.
Detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.