Man confesses to girl’s father after abducting 7-year-old from LI synagogue: police

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Police arrested Yan Kossa (pictured) after he allegedly lured a 7-year-old girl into his car.

Police arrested Yan Kossa (pictured) after he allegedly lured a 7-year-old girl into his car.

CEDARHURST, Long Island – Police arrested a man accused of luring a young girl from a synagogue on Long Island over the weekend.

Yan Kossa, 39, was worshipping at Chabad of the Five Towns on Maple Avenue Saturday when he struck up a conversation with a 7-year-old girl, according to Nassau County police.  After convincing her to walk outside with him, he then allegedly lured her into his vehicle.

With the child inside the automobile, Kossa walked back to the synagogue and confessed what he had done to the girl’s father.  Police officers responding to the scene found the man’s daughter still inside the vehicle, which was parked down the street.

The girl was unharmed, and Kossa now faces charges of unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Kossa also faces charges of trespassing and attempted assault with intent to cause physical injury in an unrelated case.

He was arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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