RICHMOND HILL, Queens – A terrified and emotional mother spoke out Thursday after she says a man approached her 10-year-old daughter as she walked to summer school, claimed to be the girl's cousin and lured her into his vehicle.
Police are now looking for the man accused of approaching the girl in the vicinity of 102nd Street and 89th Avenue at about 6:55 a.m. Wednesday before engaging her in conversation and convincing her to get into his vehicle.
Police initially said the incident happened in Woodhaven, but Google Maps shows it occurred in the neighboring Richmond Hill neighborhood.
The man later dropped her off about half a mile away, apparently unharmed, and she walked alone to school, her mother, Enma Riera, said.
She was gone for about 50 minutes, Riera said.
The horrifying ordeal began when a man approached the girl, who relayed that she was on her way to school.
Claiming to be her cousin and related to her mother, he offered to drive her to the campus.
The victim consented and entered the car, at which time the grandfather attempted to stop her, police said.
While the child was missing, her mother said a "hundred things" came to her mind, and she feared he was going to kill her little girl.
The mother drove erratically looking for the girl before she was able to reach school, and contact her family saying she was OK.
The victim was examined at a local hospital, and determined to have been unharmed, the mother and police confirmed.
The man sought is believed to be between 19 to 21 years old.
Police also released surveillance video showing his gray-colored automobile.
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