Detectives in Brooklyn have caught the suspect accused of attempting to lure away young girls off the street by using a cute dog.
In each incident between May 24-25, cops said, the perpetrator — Brandon Rodriguez, 25, of Stone Avenue — allegedly approached an underage girl while walking his husky and asked them to take a photo of him with his dog. He then brought the victim over to a nearby apartment building.
Hours after releasing his image on May 31, the NYPD collared Rodriguez on June 1. He faces charges of acting in a manner injurious to a child and unlawful imprisonment.
The first incident happened at 7:39 a.m. on May 24, when Rodriguez allegedly approached a 13-year-old girl in the area of Osborn Street and Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville. Cops said he allegedly led the victim into a nearby apartment building, where he touched her inappropriately.
When the victim tried to leave, authorities said, Rodriguez allegedly removed her backpack and placed a dog by the doorway. After the victim’s friend called out to her, the perpetrator took off in an unknown direction.
The second incident happened the next morning, May 25, at about 7:10 a.m. near 51 Christopher Ave. in Ocean Hill. Police said Rodriguez allegedly tried to bring a 12-year-old girl into a nearby apartment building, but she became frightened and ran away moments later.
Nearly 90 minutes later, authorities said, Rodriguez allegedly approached an 11-year-old girl in the area of Watkins Street and Pitkin Avenue in Brownsville and tried to bring her into an apartment building. As in the earlier incident, the victim became scared and ran away.
All three incidents were reported to the 75th Precinct; neither girl was physically injured.