We received this dispatch Wednesday evening from a BHB tipster/parent. A note of caution, we have not verified the identity of the person who wrote the original email. We will also be checking with the 84th precinct to confirm that a report was placed.
However, let this serve as notice that regardless of the veracity of this claim or others like it, it never hurts for parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant when kids are at play in a public park.
Note that we have blurred the face of the woman referred to in the email.
If you have further information, contact the 84th precinct at (718) 875-6811 or better yet 911.
Update: While the 84th Precinct tells BHB no official report was made, it is aware of the email and officers have been assigned to look for the person in question.
At soccer today a group of us saw a woman approach different sets of children in Cadman Plaza, talk with them for several minutes, in some cases walk them very far away from where they were playing, and hand them business cards with her handwritten contact information on it. She offered several girls free hair clips with bows on them. She said (and the card said) that she’s looking for kids for child modeling, counseling, play therapy, and other very bizarre stuff. At one point she asked some kids if their nannies were around.
She is white, very tall — maybe six feet — blond, and was oddly dressed with a scarf loosely wrapped over her hair. She spent a lot of time in the park going from one spot to another talking to different kids. She also talked to a few adults about their kids. I don’t want to sound alarmist but every person in our group and several others who were not with us commented on how threatening the situation seemed.
We called the police after we found out from another stranger that she was asking kids whether they were with their nannies and, while they came and looked around the park, they couldn’t find her or do much without any specific wrongdoing. They asked if she’s seen again to report it.
Here’s a picture.
I know I often let the kids walk or scoot pretty far ahead — just a heads up on this. At some point, we saw her chat with three children, some of whom looked at least 5 or 6, and walk them very far away from their nanny. Give a heads up to your caregivers.