Abraham Widenbaum, of Wesley Hills, arrested in alleged luring of boy to synagogue
A Wesley Hills man is charged with attempted sexual abuse after allegedly luring a young boy into a synagogue with the promise of candy.
The incident occurred last week in the Wesley Hills section of Ramapo.
Police say a 6-year-old boy was playing in his front yard when he was approached by 25-year-old Abraham Widenbaum.
Widenbaum allegedly offered the boy some candy. When the boy agreed, he walked with the suspect to a nearby synagogue.
The suspect allegedly told the boy to get some of his friends and bring them back to the synagogue. Investigators say the boy left unharmed and returned home that night.
Police didn't catch up to the suspect until two days later when the victim's family spotted him walking on the street. Widenbaum was arrested.
Police say that while this incident appears to be random, they are looking into Widenbaum's background to see if anything like this has happened before.
Law enforcement officials say they hope cases like this are a reminder to all parents to talk to their children about the dangers of going off with strangers.