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Long Island Police Search For 2 Men Who Tried To Kidnap 2 Girls

June 13, 2018 - 12:01 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Police on Long Island are looking for two men who allegedly tried to kidnap two 8-year-old girls playing in a yard Tuesday afternoon.

The two men suddenly showed up, confronted the girls and chased them around the yard of a home on Maple Place at about 4:40 p.m., according to Nassau County police.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, it was almost 5 p.m. on Maple Place in Mineola, when Nassau County police said the two men suddenly showed up as the girls played in the gated backyard.

The men asked the girls their names and if they wanted to come for a ride, police said. They then chased the girls around the yard, police said.

“One girl was pushed down to the ground by one of the subjects. She was struck two times in the face, causing her minor pain. The other girl was able to proceed through the backyard to the back door, and told her mother exactly what was going on,” said Nassau County police Lt. Richard Lebrun. “911 was called at that point, and police responded to the residence.”

Meanwhile, the girl who was attacked kicked screamed, causing both men to run off. One escaped on foot and the other drove off in a dark-colored vehicle.

Lebrun said the men are still on the loose. No other such incident was reported in the area, and he said the girls’ story is very credible.

Police said both suspects had beards and were wearing yellow pants and blue shirts -- possibly uniforms.

Detectives request anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.