Huntington Station man charged with stalking teen girl

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Police say Celso Garcia Mendez, 25, followed the girl every morning along Sixth Avenue in Huntington Station as she went to the morning school bus. Police say Celso Garcia Mendez, 25, followed the girl every morning along Sixth Avenue in Huntington Station as she went to the morning school bus.
HUNTINGTON STATION -

A Huntington Station man allegedly stalked a 13-year-old girl on her way to the bus stop every day for four weeks.

Police say Celso Garcia Mendez, 25, followed the girl every morning along Sixth Avenue in Huntington Station as she went to the morning school bus.

Police say the girl told Garcia Mendez to stop, but he didn't. Then Thursday morning he handed her a note.

Prosecutors say it stated that he liked her and wanted her personal information. The teen told teachers at her school, and they called police.

Suffolk police say children and teens should not wait to report suspicious activity.

"When something out of the ordinary happens to you in school, or any environment, you have to reach out to a parent or teacher," says Inspector Christopher Hatton, of the Suffolk Police Department's 2nd Precinct. "Get the message to police so we can get on it."

Garcia Mendez faces charges of fourth-degree stalking and endangering the welfare of a child, police say.

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