DATE/TIME: Saturday, February 25th, 2006 / 11:45 AM

A 40-year-old city man was arrested late Friday evening for trying to lure children into his car in the Central State Street neighborhood.

Nirmal Narinedhat, of 907 Thompson Street, is charged with 2 counts of the misdemeanor of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

At about 9:15 p.m. at Albany and Elm Streets, a man who lives in the neighborhood and was walking home, saw Narinedhat drive slowly by 2 young girls who were walking and blow his horn to them. Narinedhat then pulled over to the side of the street ahead of the girls and waited. The man became concerned and told them to keep walking and not to talk to the man in the car. Narinedhat then drove away. About 10 minutes later at Albany and Kelton Avenue, the man spotted Narinedhat again, this time pulling alongside 2 boys (14 and 12) who were walking and blowing his horn at them. The man approached Narinedhat and asked him what he was doing. Narinedhat didnít respond and drove away. The man told the boys to remember the carís license plate number while he called the police from his cell phone. He then walked them home.

Based on the plate number that the boys provided, Narinedhat was located at his residence, positively identified by the man and the boys, and arrested. The identities of the girls that Narinedhat initially approached are unknown.

Narinedhat was arraigned this morning in Police Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 27th.