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A recent report of a near-child abduction in Marine Park has prompted police to put continued patrols there, this paper has learned.
Deputy Inspector Frank Cangiarella, the commanding officer of the 63rd Precinct, said he placed a fixed post at the park for the near future.
“One of our youth officers has been assigned to the park,” he said. “He’s going to be there at least until school resumes.”
“I’d rather err on the side of over-reacting than under-reacting,” he said, adding that there have been no reports of attempted kidnappings or suspicious people in the park since the confrontation on July 16 when a six-year-old boy was approached by a crazed adult.
The child was reportedly in the park playground at the swing sets when a stranger walked up and asked if he could help him look for his son.
The child reportedly agreed and started to walk off with the man when he heard his mother calling out to him.
That’s when the stranger grabbed the child, screamed, “You’re my son!” and secured him in a baby swing before running off.
The entire ordeal took less than four minutes, said the mother, who spoke to his paper on condition of anonymity.
“[My child] got himself out of the swing and came running to me with tears in his eyes,” she remembered. “I grabbed my son’s Razor scooter and went out looking for him, but I couldn’t find him.”
The child suffered a bruise on his arm, but was otherwise uninjured.
His mother said that she took her eyes off her son for just a minute to watch her two-year-old daughter go down a slide. When she turned back to the swings, she didn’t see him and started calling out his name.
While cops are investigating the incident, they have little to go on about the attempted kidnapping.
“Right now this is the only report of its kind, but we want to make sure we don’t get another one,” Cangiarella said.
This incident is the second near abduction to take place in the area in the last two months.
On one afternoon in late June, a stranger tried to lure another boy into his car as the child left his friend’s house. The child didn’t take the bait and reported the incident to his parents, but they didn’t feel it was necessary to get police involved.
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