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Two teens charged in abduction attempts

NYPD says girls, 10 and 11, followed

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:42 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

Two Queens teenagers have been arrested on charges connected to what the NYPD is calling two attempted abductions of young girls last Wednesday.

Joshua Wright, 17, of Springfield Boulevard in Cambria Heights and Andrew Ghulam, 16, of 195th Place in Hollis both were charged Thursday night with two counts each of attempted unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a weapon and harassment.

Police said the first incident allegedly took place at about 4 p.m. as a child was walking near the intersection of 111th Avenue and 208th Street in Queens Village.

According to the NYPD, an 11-year-old girl was returning home from school when she noticed that she was being followed by a dark-green SUV. A man in the passenger seat got out while wearing a black mask and attempted to talk to the girl, who ran away.

The two men then drove off.

The second incident took place a short time later in St. Albans near the intersection of 113th Avenue and 196th Street when a 10-year-old and two 11-year-olds noticed that they were being followed by a green Jeep Cherokee with a New York State license plate.

Police said the driver allegedly handed a firearm to the passenger, who subsequently pulled a black mask over his face before leaving the SUV.

The girls fled and hid as the suspects drove by, circled back and drove by them again.

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