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UPDATE: The children recanted their story and the man – who turned himself in to police to tell his side of the story – was released.

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – Police asked for help in identifying a man suspected of stalking two children, but the children later recanted the story.

The children – in their now recanted story – told police it began Friday morning when an 8-year-old girl was walking with a friend to the bus near Eastern Parkway and Brooklyn Avenue. The man was seen hiding between cars, watching her, police said.

The man – who was released from police custody after the children recanted – “fled” when other adults were present, police said.

According to the now recanted story, on Friday afternoon, the little girl’s 12-year-old brother was on the bus about to be dropped off near his home. Police said the man flagged down the bus but the matron on board told him he wasn’t authorized to pick up the boy. The matron threatened to call police.

The man, once again, ran off. The 8-year-old girl “saw” the same individual on the second step of her residence hiding and taking picture of their home, police said. As she approached the individual, he allegedly asked her where she sleeps in the house and who lives with her. When she refused to answer, he fled the location of foot, police said.

In their now recanted story, the children told police that on Saturday around 11:15 a.m., the 12-year-old victim was approached by the same individual and asked about his parents and where he sleeps. The victim didn’t respond and went into his home, police said. The man got in a four-door white sedan and drove toward New York Avenue.

Saturday evening, the children “found” a note in their mailbox reading, “Watch out. I am watching you!! Your daughter is cute.”

On Monday, the man turned himself in to police to tell his side of the story. The children recanted their story and the man was released.