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Suspect identified for allegedly kidnapping 7-year-old boy in front of Long Island City school on Thursday afternoon: NYPD

Naquan Aiken, 37, is identified as the suspect who allegedly kidnapped a 7-year-old boy in front of a Long Island City school on Thursday afternoon and remains at large. Photo courtesy of the NYPD

May 31, 2024 By Bill Parry

Police are searching for an alleged kidnapper who abducted a 7-year-old boy in front of a Long Island City school on Thursday afternoon, before dropping him off at his mother’s home just minutes later, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation.

The NYPD released a photo of 37-year-old Naquan Aiken, who allegedly grabbed the youngster in front of Community School 111Q Jacob Blackwell School, located at 37-15 13th St. at 2:50 p.m.

Investigators believe Aiken is the former boyfriend of the youngster’s mother, and he might have had a change of heart, releasing him ten minutes after the abduction, according to an NYPD spokesman. The youngster was dropped of at his home and was unharmed, the spokesman said.

Aiken remains at large as of noon on Saturday, the spokesman said, adding that he had no additional update on the investigation. Information on the status of the ongoing investigation.

The NYPD released a photo of Aiken on Thursday night and described him as having a dark complexion with multiple facial and neck tattoos.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at, or on X (the platform formerly known as Twitter) @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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