Borough Park, Brooklyn NY – Anne Paterna, 78, was sitting outside her Brooklyn home with her sister-in-law at dusk when she saw a 4-year-old girl wandering aimlessly down the street.Join our WhatsApp group
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“She passed us and I said, ‘What is this little girl doing all by herself?'” Paterna said yesterday from her house on 61st St. in Borough Park. “She seemed jittery.”
The girl, who was wearing a skirt and blouse, turned around and began walking past again, Paterna said. This time, Paterna intervened – alerted police – and, police say, may have saved the girl from further harm.
Cops credited Paterna with rescuing the little Hasidic Jewish girl who had been abducted, sexually molested and left wandering the streets
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the girl did not appear to know her abductor and told cops he was a white man driving a black car. Detectives were exploring whether any similar crimes have been committed in the area.
Kelly, who said the girl was not hurt, called the crime “horrendous.”
Ari Noe, a father of four who lives across the street from the girl, said it’s common for large numbers of children to be playing outside.
“A lot of the kids were playing there and all of a sudden she was missing,” he said. “Somebody took her.”
Noe said detectives came to his house at 3 a.m. Monday searching for any surveillance tapes that might have caught the attacker in the act the day before. He did not have any tapes, he said. [dailynews]