LONG ISLAND (PIX11) -- Police on Long Island are warning parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant as a man has attempted to lure children into a van multiple times since April across Nassau County.
Authorities say the suspect, described as a black male between the ages of 20 to 30 years old, has tried to lure young girls into a dark color van or SUV at least five times. The children ranged from 8 to 13 years old. In two of the incidents, cops say the man tried to entice the kids with candy. In three of the incidents, the children were walking to or from school.
The incidents have occurred in Lakeview, Lynbrook, and Valley Stream:
Monday April 13, 2015 at 4:30pm on Melvin Avenue Lakeview
Wednesday April 22, 2015 at 7:40am on Woodfield Road / Janos Lane Lakeview
Thursday April 23, 2015 at 2:35pm on Lakeview Avenue Lynbrook
Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 7:45am on Grove Street / Jamaica Avenue Valley Stream
Thursday May 7, 2015 at 7:30am on Orlando Avenue / Champlain Avenue Lakeview
Nassau County police advise that children should always walk in groups and stay close to the curb, away from shrubbery and doorways, and to not take shortcuts through alleys, vacant lots, or parks. Also, if a stranger stops their car and asks for directions, run in the opposite direction and tell authorities.
Anyone with information is asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.