The woman suspected in an alleged abduction yesterday near Sixth Street and Franklin Avenue has been identified.
An 85-year-old woman came forward, calling Astoria Police Friday to identify herself as the woman in the red car who allegedly approached the girl who had just gotten off the school bus Thursday afternoon.
The mother of the child witnessed the driver open the passenger door and motion toward the seat, when the mother yelled at the girl to get away from the vehicle. The female driver drove off with the door still open.
The woman who came forward, who lives four blocks from the incident, said she thought the girl looked lost or confused. She has injured vocal cords, she told police, which explained why the 8-year-old girl could not understand the woman.
The woman assured Astoria Police that she was only trying to be helpful to what she perceived as a young girl who needed help.
This incident is a good reminder, said Deputy Chief Brad Johnston, "that parents do need to be vigilant. The 8-year-old girl and her mother both reacted appropriately. While this was a misunderstanding, it was a good test for systems for the family, the school, and the police department.