Homeless man arrested in attempted abduction of 12-year-old in Astoria: NYPD

By Bill Parry

A homeless man was arrested Monday night in the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old Astoria girl, the NYPD said.

Police allege Houshang Hakimi, 69, pulled his light colored SUV alongside the girl in the vicinity of 49th Street and Ditmars Avenue and attempted to lure her into his vehicle during the afternoon of March 5 . Police said the victim refused and the suspect fled the location when the child’s babysitter approached.

The NYPD said Hakimi was arrested at a Wards Island shelter Monday night and charged with acting in a manner injuring a child younger than 17 years old as well as being a sex offender who failed to report a change of address.

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