Attempted abduction of young boy from Brooklyn synagogue, man in custody

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
Man arrested after attempted abduction at Brooklyn synagogue
The man allegedly tried to pull a 9-year-old boy out of a synagogue.

GRAVESEND, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A man wearing traditional Jewish clothing allegedly tried to abduct a boy from a synagogue in Brooklyn.

It happened on East 7th Street in the Gravesend section at 9:38 a.m. on Wednesday.

The 9-year-old boy was attending a bris at the synagogue where the 42-year-old suspect was praying.

The man apparently asked the child to go outside and the boy said, "No."

The suspect then picked the child up and attempted to walk out with him.

The boy's mother appeared and intervened, and asked him if he knew the man.

Her son said he did not and she pulled him away, leading the suspect to run off. Others at the synagogue did know the man.

The suspect, later identified as 42-year-old Yossi Mayer, was located by Flatbush Shomrim allegedly hiding in a nearby yeshiva.

Mayer does not appear to have a connection to the yeshiva where the attempted abduction happened.

He was charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.

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