The 20-year-old Staten Island ice cream truck driver is arrested after meeting up with a 10-year-old girl he met online, where she posed as an adult: the child claimed he tried to kidnap her, but the Police gunned it down
- Jonathan Castro, 20, was arrested on Sunday and charged with acting in a manner harmful to minors, assault and attempted sexual abuse
- The 10-year-old girl told Castro that she was 18 and looked physically mature for her age, according to sources
- Castro and the girl had been flirting online for more than a week before they met
- Two had a disagreement and the girl told her mother that she had been kidnapped
- A passer-by who saw the scene called the police and was arrested on Sunday
A Staten Island ice cream truck driver was arrested and released after meeting up with a 10-year-old girl who was posing as an adult online.
Jonathan Castro, 20, was arrested on Sunday and charged with injuring, assaulting and attempting to sexually assault a child.
The girl had allegedly claimed to her mother that Castro tried to take her, but police later confirmed this was not true.
They also said that the boy looked 18 years old, even though he was only 10. Castro and the girl had been chatting online for a week and agreed to meet on Sunday.
However, the girl told Castro that she was 18 and sources said she appeared physically mature for her age.
The 10-year-old girl told her mother that she was kidnapped by an ice cream truck driver but met him voluntarily and told the man she was 18
After picking her up at his ice cream truck in the Mariner’s Harbor neighborhood around 4:40 p.m., the two drove to Union Avenue and Richmond Terrace, where the girl had a change of heart and was about to get off the truck.
The two had a disagreement that caught the attention of a passerby who called the police.
The girl also told her mother that she had been kidnapped, but police do not believe this is the case.
The ice cream truck driver went to Mama Rosario’s pizzeria on Forest Avenue near Amity Place after dropping the girl off, where he got a slice and soda, a restaurant worker said.
‘He’s a regular. My employees know him. He’s a skinny kid,’ the manager said. “We saw the police talking to him and then they arrested him.”
Jonathan Castro, 20, was arrested for assault that injured a child and attempted sexual abuse after his personal connection with a 10-year-old girl went awry (file photo)
Castro has no previous arrest records in New York, sources said.
“That’s a big misunderstanding. I firmly believe that truth will prevail,” his mother, Janet Castro, told MailOnline.
The Staten Island Attorney’s Office must now decide whether to proceed with the case or dismiss the charges.
The prosecutor did not immediately respond to requests for information about the case.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11181827/Ice-cream-truck-driver-arrested-girl-10-claims-abducted-Staten-Island-street.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 An ice cream truck driver is arrested after a 10-year-old girl claims he kidnapped her on Staten Island Street