2013-02-06 / Front Page

Queens Man Busted For Luring Girls

By Liz Goff

Queens detectives last week tracked down and arrested a child predator who drove through the streets of Corona and Flushing, trying to lure young girls into his Cadillac SUV.

Cops said Angel Recalde, 43, rented a late-model Cadillac Escalade and used the vehicle to try to lure two young girls.

Recalde approached the first girl, 14, as she was walking on Northern Boulevard near Parsons Boulevard in Flushing at about 8 p.m. on January 28, police said. The girl told police Recalde drove up to her in his Cadillac Escalade, rolled down the driver’s side window and grabbed her by the arm.

The girl managed to break free and run away – but she didn’t get far before Recalde jumped out of the Cadillac, police said. He caught up with the girl and grabbed her again, but when she managed to break free again he jumped back into his car and tore away from the scene, police said.

Cops said Recalde approached a 13-year-old girl at about 7 a.m. on the same day, as she was walking on Northern Boulevard near 102nd Street in Corona. The girl sensed that she was being followed and ran to safety, police said.

Detectives checked with rental agencies to determine who recently rented an Escalade, “which led them to the individual who was arrested,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

Kelly said Recalde “made statements implicating himself” after his arrest.

Recalde was charged with multiple counts of luring a child to commit a crime, endangering the welfare of a child ad harassment at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court where he was held in lieu of $1,500 bail.

He could face up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

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