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Suspect At Large After Attempted Abduction Of 10-Year-Old At Long Island Bus Stop, Police Say

South Middle Neck Road and Melbourne Street on Long Island
South Middle Neck Road and Melbourne Street on Long Island Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A man in a van is on the run after allegedly attempting to abduct a 10-year-old boy who was standing at his bus stop on Long Island, police said.

Nassau County Police detectives said that a 10-year-old boy was walking from his home to his bus stop at the corner of South Middle Neck Road and Melbourne Street in Russell Gardens, a village in Great Neck, shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 4 when he was approached by suspects in a van.

According to police, while standing at the bus stop, a grayish-white utility van stopped in front of him and an unknown man exited the passenger side door.

It is alleged that the suspect walked toward the boy and told him to get in the van while gesturing toward the vehicle, at which point the boy left the scene, ran back to his home, and told his family, who alerted police.

The suspect fled in an unknown direction.

Police said that the suspect has been described as a light-skinned man who was between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-7 with an average build and dark hair. At the time of the attempted abduction, he was wearing a short black winter jacket.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or attempted abduction has been asked to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers by calling 911 or 1-800-244-TIPS. 

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