BROOKLYN — Two Crown Heights siblings admitted they concocted a story about a stalker following them and leaving a note reading "I am watching you" after investigators interviewed the man they falsely accused, police sources said.
The kids, whose father is a detective for the NYPD's Special Victim's Division, were upset about their babysitter being too strict when they told investigators a man followed the 8-year-old girl as she walked with her friend to catch the school bus near Eastern Parkway and Brooklyn Avenue Friday morning, sources said.
She told police she spotted the man hiding between cars but that he took off when he noticed other parents around, police had said.
Later that afternoon, her 12-year-old brother claimed he was on the school bus about to be dropped off near their home when the stalker flagged the bus down and told an aide he was there to pick up the boy around 3:30 p.m., the NYPD said.
The siblings said the man also waited for them outside the home and even snapped pictures of their house before leaving a note in their mailbox the next day reading, “Watch out. I am watching you!! Your daughter is cute,” according to police.
The man shown the footage released by police Monday morning went to the 69th Precinct and was grilled by detectives, officials said.
But when investigators spoke to the kids again, they recanted their story and the man was released, police said.
The kids cannot be charged with a crime because of their age.