The incident took place on September 14th at approximately 7 PM, said police.
The nine year old boy was approached by an unidentified bearded man who appeared to be an Orthodox Jew in front of 4913 18th Avenue.
The man promised the child $5 if he came into his car, which police say may be a grey minivan. Once the two were in the vehicle, the man gave the child the money and then masturbated in front of the boy. When he was finished, the man handed the boy $100 and allowed him to leave.
Police have yet publicly identified the name of the suspect, but sources have told VIN News that the suspect is from Williamsburg and is believed to be known to the child.
The parents reported the incident to the police on September 20th and the NYPD special victims unit is investigating.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind said that, sadly, incidents of this nature take place in the Jewish community far too often and noted that this took place just five blocks from where Leiby Kletzky was lured to his death five years ago.
“I think this is wakeup call,” Hikind told VIN News. “We have an amazing community but there are people within our community who are sick and need to be removed from the streets.”
Hikind praised the boy’s parents for reporting the incident to the police.
“Most of the time people shove incidents like this under the rug and life just goes on and that is a horror,” said Hikind. “If we don’t get someone like this off the streets who will his next victim be?”.
The incident was first reported by The NY Daily News.