Police search for suspect in attempted luring of 2 girls in Wantagh

Police say a separate report of attempted child luring in Wantagh has turned out to be untrue.

News 12 Staff

Oct 30, 2023, 5:10 PM

Updated 172 days ago

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Police are searching for the suspect wanted for an attempted luring in Wantagh on Saturday afternoon that occurred near an elementary school.
According to detectives, two 12-year-old girls were walking on Beltagh Avenue in the vicinity of Holiday Park Drive when they were approached by an Asian female driving an older model grey SUV.
Police say the woman honked, rolled down her window and called out to the girls.
The kids became frightened, hid and contacted a parent, who notified police.
The intersection is across the street from Forest Lake Elementary School. John C. McNamara, the superintendent of Wantagh Schools, sent a notice to parents Monday detailing the incident.
At drop-off outside the school Monday morning, many parents said the incident has them feeling nervous.
"I didn't think at this age I'd have to talk about it so severely…There's so many things going on in the world. It's scary," said Samantha Russo, a parent to a 6-year-old in the district.
In the letter, McNamara recommended parents speak to their children about stranger danger. Russo said it's something she did on the ride school.
"We said an adult is not going to ask a child for help, so that's a red flag. And always run away as fast as you can, get to safety and get help as quick as you can," Russo shared.
Police say a separate report of attempted child luring in Wantagh has turned out to be untrue.
A 7-year-old boy claimed he was playing outside his home on Jerusalem Avenue on Oct. 8 when a woman approached him and tried to lure him by offering free candy.
Police had previously linked the two incidents but detectives now say the Oct. 8 incident is false.


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