Demarest is a quiet, well-to-do suburb where children walk to and from school under arching shade trees along some streets that don’t even have sidewalks. But Monday afternoon, a 12-year-old girl had to run home.
There have been at least four incidents in which middle school students were followed or approached by strangers in Merrick and Bellmore, officials said.
Angel Recalde, 43, is charged with two counts of luring a child to commit a crime, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of harassment, police said.
Police have released surveillance video of a man wanted for luring teenage girls in Queens.
The suspect, who was driving a late model Cadillac Escalade, drove alongside a 13-year-old girl on Northern Boulevard at 102nd Street in Corona and engaged her in a conversation, police said.
On Wednesday afternoon, a strange man allegedly offered a ride to four children on Tappan Road, near the Rockland County border. Fortunately, they did not go with him.
A 12-year-old boy told police a man accosted him and offered him money to get into his pickup truck, authorities said.
Another child luring has been reported in northern New Jersey – this time in Bergenfield – and police in neighboring towns have announced desperate measures to protect children this Halloween.
Luring attempts have been reported in more than half a dozen towns in Bergen and Passaic counties during the past few weeks, including New Milford, Westwood, Maywood, Oradell, Hackensack, Hawthorne and Fair Lawn.
Police in New Jersey are investigating calls about another luring attempt in New Milford.
Officials have released three sketches of alleged suspects in recent weeks and released another on Friday afternoon related to an attempt in New Milford,
Paul Kleinman, 33, is charged with luring and several counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
The incident happened around 8:20 a.m. Monday in Baldwin, police said.
On Wednesday a Long Island neighborhood was on alert after man tried to lure a young girl walking to her school bus stop. The 13-year-old girl screamed and punched the suspect before escaping his grasp.
Michael Pezzatti, 20, of New Milford was arrested a few hours after Cresskill police released a sketch of the suspect.
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