Second incident of man approaching children in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police are reporting another incident in North Buffalo involving an individual approaching children.

In this incident, police say a suspicious male followed two students as they made their way to St. Mark’s School at Amherst Street and Summit Avenue.

Police say the driver followed the two children and at some point got out of his vehicle and tried to approach them. Officers say the students ran into the school and the suspect fled the scene. His vehicle is described as a newer model vehicle, possibly a Honda Accord, that is black with tinted windows.

The suspect is described as a white male, average height and weight, with shoulder-length black hair and some facial hair.

The district alerted parents about the incident through a robo-call and the school sent letters home with students. But this isn’t the first time a man has approached children in this area.

Just blocks away at Jewitt Parkway and Woodward Avenue on Monday, a 10-year-old girl was followed by an individual as she got off the school bus. That suspect’s vehicle was described as a newer model, black, with tinted windows.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said, “We’ve increased our police presence in the area, getting the message out to the media to let people know this individual was out there. If anybody has information, 847-2255 is our tipline. We’ll be out there investigating, and hope to get more information soon.”

Buffalo parent Mike Kelly wishes the warning came sooner than after dismissal on a Friday.

“Anything could’ve happened between I guess Monday when the first incident happened and then today when the second incident happened. Anything could’ve happened to anybody else’s child between that time,” Kelly said.

Derenda noted, “It may be the same person. Again, we’re investigating. There’ve been some similar incidents in the suburban communities, also. We are looking into it and we are in contact with them.”

Two weeks ago, Amherst had a couple incidents of a suspicious man in a different car. Police believe they located a person of interest, though no charges were filed.

Orchard Park had other incidents with a man of a different description and that case remains under investigation.

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