NEW YORK (CBS/WRGB) A veteran New York City Police Department detective, Deodhram Singh, was arrested in Albany for stalking an 11-year-old girl on her way to school and trying to lure her into his truck, police say.
The girl was walking to Philip Schuyler School Tuesday morning when Singh drove his pickup truck next to her, according to public safety spokesperson James Miller.
Singh asked her if she wanted to make money, but the girl ignored him and continued walking, according to a report filed with police.
Minutes later, the man pulled up to her again, this time asking her how old she was and if she wanted to make money.
The girl ignored him and walked faster, and the man turned off the street, said Det. Miller.
At this point, the girl later told police, she started walking to her grandparents' home because she was frightened. On her way there, Singh allegedly pulled up to her a third time and asked her if she was young and if she wanted to make $100.
The 11-year-old told him that she didn't talk to strangers and proceeded to run up the stairs to her grandparents' home, where she was met by her grandfather at the door. She then told her grandfather what happened, said Det. Miller.
Her grandfather then grabbed his keys, jumped into his car, and followed the truck until he was able to get the man's license plate number.
The girl's grandparents called police, and officers were able to track the plate number to the suspect at his home.
Singh was arrested at his home and admitted in an interview with police to being in the area at the time, but denied trying to get the girl into his truck.
According to The New York Daily News, Singh has homes in Albany and Long Island, and did not inform Albany authorities that he was an NYPD cop. They only discovered what Singh does for a living when they analyzed his fingerprints.
Singh has been charged with second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to Albany County Jail.