A Long Island man was apprehended after he attempted to lure a child into his vehicle at a bus stop, according to authorities.
A group of children and a mother of one of the children were standing at a bus stop at East 8th Street and Lenox Road in Huntington Station on Thursday, March 25 at approximately 8:50 a.m. when a man driving a black 2000 Toyota Camry attempted to get a 7-year-old girl to come with him in his car, Suffolk County Police said.
The girl refused and the man drove off, according to police.
The mother who was at the bus stop notified the police.
During an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Second Precinct Crime Section, two officers, who were outside their vehicle, observed the man driving on East 8th Street and motioned for the man to stop his vehicle, said police.
The man refused to stop, nearly striking the officers as he drove away, said police.
The man was located at his home at approximately 12:20 p.m. Thursday.
The man, Erasmo Ortega, 48, of Huntington Station, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment.
Ortega was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday, March 26.
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