Would-be kidnapper tries to abduct two children in Queens: community watch group

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QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) -- A neighborhood in Queens is on high alert after a driver tried to abduct two children, a community watch group said Monday while releasing photos and video of the suspected would-be kidnapper with a warning to parents and children in the area to be vigilant.

Both incidents happened in a three-hour window on March 14 -- between 1 and 5 p.m., according to Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol (RCSP). They both involved a male driver, between 30 and 40 years old, behind the wheel of a black Nissan Altima, possibly model years 2002 to 2005.

The community watch group posted a "Wanted" poster on its Facebook page and urged residents with video cameras on their homes to watch through their footage to see if they recognize the car in question.

It was an 11-year-old boy who was first targeted by the man, the patrol said. The child was walking near Mott Avenue and Bay 24th Street when the driver pulled alongside him and told the boy to get in the car.

Then just hours later, a 14-year-old was walking near Mott and Sunnyside avenues when the same driver tried again to lure a child into his car, the group said.

NYPD said an investigation is underway.

The driver is described as a black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds who was wearing all black and a black cap with red lettering when he allegedly tried to abduct the children, the RCSP said.

Anyone who recognizes him, his car or who finds footage matching the description on their home surveillance cameras should call 911. If residents need help reviewing their video footage, they can call the RCSP hotline at 917-727-7306 and ask the dispatcher for a video unit.

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