A New York man was arrested after allegedly stalking young girls in a Long Island neighborhood, six years after being convicted of trying to lure an 11-year-old girl into his car, reports NBC New York.
Police arrested Jeffrey Bernstein after a father reported that the 74-year-old was stalking young girls in his neighborhood.
The report said that Bernstein was driving slowly through the streets staring at young girls between July 5 and July 9.
He allegedly tried luring one of the girls into his car with a bag of potatochips and exposed himself to another.
Bernstein is charged with stalking, endangering the welfare of a child and one count of public lewdness. He is being held pending a court appearance later Tuesday.
The 74-year-old was convicted six years ago on November 12, 2010 for attempting to lure a child he did not know into his car. He was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation.
Recently, a New Jersey man was also arrested for allegedly trying to lure two young girls into his vehicle, reports North Jersey.
Anyelo Mejia, 37, was charged with two counts of luring a child July 3.
Police responded to a call on June 25 about a man trying to lure two girls into his car. The officers were able to get a partial license plate and a description from the girls.
The girls said that the man drove up to them and offered them a ride. They ran away, but he later drove up to them again asking for their phone numbers and why they were afraid of him.
Police were able to find images of the man’s car on surveillance videos from businesses nearby. The car had distinct stickers which helped police, along with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, identify the man’s car.
Mejia was released by police pending his court date.
Feature photo: Suffolk County Police Department