Sketch of man who made sex advances towards 10-year-old boy in Hicksville

HICKSVILLE, Long Island (WABC) -- Police are searching for a sexual predator accused of trying to lure a 10-year-old boy on Long Island.

They say the suspect made sexual gestures towards Turan Garcha as he walked home from school on Gables Road Tuesday afternoon in Hicksville.

It happened in broad daylight in a quiet residential neighborhood.

"I was scared," Garcha said. "I called police myself."

Authorities say the suspect was driving in a light gray sedan at Gables Drive and Gables Road around 3:30 p.m. and tried to get the victim's attention while making what was described as sexual advances.

The victim's father, Sarinder Kumar, is a cab driver, and the boy's mother works as well. Kumar said they don't often let their son walk home from school alone, but they did in this case.

"Nobody on the street, then he stopped beside him," Kumar said. "Ask him some sexual questions."

Garcha felt uncomfortable, left the area, and called police before going home and telling his parents what happened.

"I was going to take a picture of his license plate, but if I tried to and he saw me, I didn't want him to pull a gun or something," he said.

Kumar said his son was terrified but smart enough to keep his cool and then call for help.

Garcha was also able to give a detailed description to a sketch artist. Nassau County police say he's described as being in his 20s with blonde hair.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding the above incident or who may recognize the subject depicted in the drawing, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.

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