July 18, 2016 By Michael Florio
Police are searching for a man who tried to lure an 8-year-old girl from a North Corona playground last week.
The man approached the 8-year-old inside the 34th Ave./Junction Blvd. playground last Monday while she was playing on the monkey bars, police said. The suspect then called her over.
Police describe the suspect as a male in his 50’s.
Despite the park currently undergoing a revamp right now, the police confirmed the location.
A woman claiming to be the mother of the girl brought the incident to the public’s attention by posting about it on Jackson Heights Life, an online neighborhood forum. The police confirmed that the incident took place.
She claimed that the man said, “’Come here’” three times to her daughter. When the girl wouldn’t go, he slammed his hand down and shouted, “’Come’.” This account was not confirmed by police.
The girl then screamed for help and ran to her grandma, according to the website.
The mother claimed that the man is homeless, and frequents local parks, including Northern Playground (Northern Blvd between 903rd Street and 94th Street) and Playground Ninety (90th Street off of Northern Blvd).
I grew up going to those parks , My children also played there but believe me ,NEVER UNATTENDED. Even when i was little it was noted homeless ,drug addicts . Also we had police patrol.
That’s a dam shame kids can’t even play n be safe no more n the elderly can’t even walk around and be safe in they own neighborhoods stop hurting our generation of grown ups to come after us and the ones before us. Stop with the Hurt an Violence.
We all must be viligent as to who is lurking on the streets, in the parks, subways, buses and even stores. Small children, teenage girls and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. The summertime should be a enjoyful one, however, we must realize that anything can happen anywhere. Again, keep your eyes and ears open. Ifyou suspect anyone acting strangely, call for help immediately!!!