2 Teens Arrested in Attempted Abductions of Girls on Queens Street: NYPD

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    Police say they've arrested two teenagers in an investigation into two abduction attempts targeting young girls walking home from school in Queens. Gus Rosendale reports. (Published Friday, May 2, 2014)

    Police say they've arrested two teenagers after an investigation into two abduction attempts targeting young girls walking home from school in Queens.

    The boys, 16 and 17 and both from Queens, are charged with unlawful imprisonment, child endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in the attempted abductions Wednesday. 

    The NYPD said an 11-year-old girl noticed a dark green SUV following her as she walked home in Queens Village near 111th Avenue and 208th Street at about 4 p.m.

    Two men were in the car, police said. One got out, wearing a black mask, and tried to talk to the girl.

    She ran from him and he fled in the SUV, police said.

    Moments later less than a mile away in St. Albans, two 11-year-old girls and a 10-year-old girl saw a green Jeep Cherokee following them near 113th Avenue and 196th Street.

    The driver passed a gun to the passenger, who pulled a mask over his face and got out.

    The girls ran away and hid behind a parked car.

    Police say the SUV circled back around and drove by the girls before leaving the area.

    Neighbors said they saw police stop and detain two men in a green SUV on the same street Thursday.

    "They deserve to be caught," said Don Shane. "Good thing the neighbors didn't catch them."

    -- Gus Rosendale contributed to this report.