LINDENHURST, N.Y. — Police launched an investigation after a man allegedly impersonated a police officer and abducted a teenage girl on Long Island Wednesday afternoon.
It happened around 3:35 p.m. in the vicinity of Herbert Avenue in Lindenhurst.
Two teens, ages 14 and 16, were walking along Herbert Avenue when a man driving a white SUV approached them, Suffolk County police said.
The man identified himself as a police officer and asked the girls what they were doing, authorities said.
When the girls told him they were walking to the library, he offered them a ride to their location, according to police.
Upon entering the library’s parking lot, he told the 16-year-old girl to exit the vehicle so he could talk to the younger girl, authorities said.
He then drove off with the 14-year-old to a nearby park and began to touch her, cops said.
The girl fought him off, fled and ran to a nearby home for help, authorities said. The homeowner called 911.
According to police, the man was not wearing a police uniform and did not identify himself as Suffolk County police.
The victim was taken to the hospital for observation and was released.