Uniformed and plainclothes police officers were patrolling the Hecksher Playground in Central Park yesterday, days after a woman apparently tried to abduct a child.
According to the NYPD, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, the female suspect "entered the Heckscher playground, located within Central Park, where she picked up a 2 year old boy, who was seated on a swing and attempted to exit the park."
The toddler's nanny, a 27-year-old woman, had been pushing the toddler's brother on another swing, and police say she "stopped the suspect from exiting the park and removed the child from the suspect's arms."
The toddler was uninjured and the suspect fled. Police say the incident was reported on Thursday, May 14, and they released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as about 32 years- ld, 5'2" and 140 pounds with short curly black hair and was last seen wearing dark colored pants.
The Hecksher playground is in the southern part of the park, near Central Park South, in the "mid-park section" between 61st and 63rd streets.
One caregiver in Central Park told WABC 7, "You can turn your head and in a split second anything can happen. That just made me a little bit nervous." And one mother said, "I guess I should stop looking at my phone."
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.