Criminal Parked on the Wrong Block

I don’t usually link to stories like this but this is too good to ignore.  From the Daily News:

On Saturday, police said Alvarez, 44, of Staten Island, N.Y., who was visiting the 12-year-old boy’s family, pulled up to where the boy was playing basketball on Lawrence Street near Rockland in Olney around 9:30 p.m. and asked him if wanted to go buy fireworks.

The boy got into Alvarez’s van and Alvarez drove nearly three miles to Rutland Street near Oxford Avenue in Frankford, where he parked the van, according to police.

A police source said residents of that area watched the van with New York plates park and witnessed as Alvarez and the boy went from the front of the van to the back.

Suspicious, the residents called police.

“This is outstanding that the neighbors got involved in this,” the source said.

Congratulations to the residents for getting this guy.  You may have saved this boy.

  • rital

    I think this incident is a good lesson. First of all, in trusting your instincts that something bad is happening and then having the courage to do something. Bravo to those good Frankford residents.