Man Accused of Trying to Lure Child Into Car

A Huntington Station man was arrested and accused of trying to lure a child into his vehicle, Suffolk County police said Friday.

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 about 8:50 a.m. Thursday when a man driving a black 2000 Toyota Camry attempted to get a 7-year-old girl to come with him in his car, police said. The girl refused and the man drove off. The mother who was at the bus stop notified police.

During an investigation by Second Precinct Crime Section officers, two officers, who were outside their vehicle, saw the man driving on East 8th Street and motioned for the man to stop. He refused, nearly striking the officers as he drove away. The man was found at his home at approximately 12:20 p.m.

The man, Erasmo Ortega, 48, of 191 Lenox Rd., was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving and reckless endangerment 2nd Degree.

Ortega was scheduled for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Friday.

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