BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Over a week-long period, three women were assaulted in the Queen City.
The first incident occurred on June 30 when a woman was sexually assaulted in front of the Shoreline Apartments on Niagara Street.
Two days later, on the 400 block of Delaware Avenue, police say a woman returning home was putting her bike away in a storage area of an apartment building when she was sexually assaulted.
Four days after that, a woman walking her dog on Ashland Avenue near Bryant was hit over the head with a bottle. She was injured but was able to escape the area.
Buffalo Police have partnered with CrimeReports.com in an effort to provide city residents with crime data. According to that website, there were several other instances of sexual assault during this time frame:
June 28: Sexual assault (rape) on 100 block of High Street
June 29: Sexual assault (rape) on Fay Street
June 29: Sexual assault (rape) on 200 block of Allen Street
June 29: Sexual assault (rape) on 300 block of West Ferry Avenue
July 5: Sexual assault (rape) at Elmwood and Allen
July 6: Sexual assault (rape) on Kingsley Street
July 7: Sexual assault (rape) on 300 block of Fox Street
July 7: Sexual assault (rape) on 1100 block of Main Street
In a disclaimer, Buffalo Police say information given to CrimeReports.com is “very preliminary” and further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the reports may be necessary. It is also unknown if all of the victims in these incidents listed on the website involve women.
Police say they have increased patrols in these areas. Women are encouraged to travel in groups, be aware of their surroundings, and to not be distracted by electronics such as cell phones.
If anyone has information on these incidents call the Buffalo Police tipline at 847-2255. Police are continuing to investigate.