By Janee Law
An 87-year-old Lloyd Harbor man was arrested Monday for public lewdness after twice attempting to lure children into his vehicle with candy, Suffolk police said.
Police said that on Aug. 10, Galip Gulmez, of 6 Horseshoe Path, was sitting in his grey 2011 Subaru at West Neck Beach and offered candy to children who were nearby at about 2 p.m. A woman approached the Subaru to intervene and noticed that Gulmez was not wearing pants and was performing a lewd act.
According to Detective Sgt. James Scimone of the Second Precinct, the woman was a babysitter and, after informing the child’s parents of the incident, the Lloyd Harbor police were contacted.
Police said Gulmez then attempted to lure children to his car with candy a second time at Fiddler’s Green Drive on Aug. 22. Gulmez was clothed and was not demonstrating lewd acts, Scimone said. However, Lloyd Harbor police took down his information and a photo of the car when they arrived at the scene.
The investigation was finalized on Monday when the Second Precinct in Huntington brought in the babysitter after receiving records from the Lloyd Harbor police on Aug. 25, Scimone said.
Gulmez was arrested Monday at around 1 p.m at his home and was charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child. He was held overnight at the Second Precinct and arraigned Tuesday at the First District Court in Central Islip.