ELMONT, N.Y. (WPIX)—Police in Nassau County are on the hunt for a man who is attempting to lure young teenage boys into his SUV. They're also warning residents to be on look out.
Detectives say that on Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. on a street named Surprise a man lived up to the name of the street in a criminal way.
A man slowed down his SUV in front of a firehouse at the intersection of Surprise Street and Doherty Avenue in Elmont, and in a voice investigators describe as effiminate, he propositioned a 14-year-old boy, trying to lure the boy into his vehicle. The boy ran away and called the police.
Then on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m., a man, who matched the same description as the man in the first incident and drive a similar vehicle, struck again.
This time, the location was the intersection of Benson and Johnson Avenues in Elmont -- just seven blocks from the first incident, and a block away from an elementary school. Once again, the man targeted a 14-year-old boy, asking him to get in his SUV. The young victim ran away and called police, and the driver drove away on Johnson Avenue.
But this man is still out there.
Nassau County Police issued this description of him: a medium complected African-American in his late 20s or early 30s with short, dark hair and a thin build. Detectives also say the man drove a small, dark colored, older model SUV that they describe as box-like, with lightly tinted windows.
No injuries were reported.
Police ask anyone with information about these attempted crimes to call them at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).
In neighboring Suffolk County, local police are searching for a bald man in his 40s or 50s with a white mustache or beard, who has been trying to abduct elementary school-aged children in East Islip, Islip, Islip Terrace and Great River.
The man also approached the children from his vehicle, but all four children in the four incidents ran away. He was driving a red pick-up truck with tinted windows and had a female passenger.