QUEENS — A Flushing man who cops believe tried to lure two teenage girls into his luxury SUV last week was arrested after cops figured out that it was a rental, police said.
Angel Recalde, 43, approached a 13-year-old girl in his Cadillac Escalade on Northern Boulevard, near 102nd Street, on Jan. 25 and tried to make small talk, police said. When the girl ignored him, police said Recalde jumped out of the vehicle and tried to grab her arm.
The girl managed to pull away and escape, police said.
Later that day, Recalde allegedly tried to engage a 14-year-old girl on Northern and Parsons boulevards and tried to get her to get in the vehicle, cops said. When she refused, police said, he continued to follow her in the Escalade before she was able to duck the vehicle and escape.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly praised the work of the detectives in collaring the suspect and said Recalde has made statements implicating himself.
"They surmised it may have been a rented vehicle," Kelly said. "In fact, it was rented. They went through the universe of Cadillac Escalades that were available for rent and for hire. That's what led them to the individual who was arrested."
Neither girl was injured, police said.
On Wednesday, police released video of a man they say is Recalde. He was taken into custody the next day.
Recalde was arrested and charged with luring a child, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment, police said.