BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Police are investigating another attempted kidnapping in the city and they believe it’s the same suspects as previous incidents.
Police say the most recent attempt happened Monday afternoon near Genesee Street and Bailey Avenue. The suspects were driving a silver minivan. They tried to lure two 13-year-old boys into the van by offering them McDonalds, police say, to get them to come with them. When the boys ran away, the man followed. Luckily, the two boys safely ducked into a store.
Buffalo police say the minivan has tinted rear windows and rust around the wheels. Police are adding additional patrols.
This is the fifth attempt by the suspects.
“This predator needs to get off the streets,” said resident Ashley Hollins. For nearly two weeks Buffalo Police have been trying to track down this couple who is trying to lure children to their Lexus. “It’s a scary thought, it’s a really, really scary thought to think your child is in danger,” said Hollins.
The first report came on October 1 when a 16-year-old girl was grabbed on the Buffalo’s west side on Connecticut Street. With the help of a woman nearby, she was able to get away. That woman snapped a picture of the car which has been a major clue in this case. Then on October 7, two more reports were made from the city’s east side with the same description of the couple and car. “It doesn’t seem like they’re frightened at all. They are doing it every couple of days,” said Michelle Barr, who lives in Buffalo.
The 4th report was last Thursday when a man, possibly in a black mask, was following students as they left South Park High School. “It’s scary for high school students. I know school should be somewhere safe and that’s not okay at all,” said South Buffalo resident Lauren Dougherty.
Parents in the Buffalo school district were sent a letter urging them to talk with their kids. “I didn’t hear about it until I got the letter from school. The world is getting crazy and this is my one and only daughter and I would just go crazy if something were to happen to my daughter,” said Buffalo resident Johnetta Auls.
With Halloween in just a couple of weeks parents are worried it may be a recipe for disaster. “You know on Halloween they have masks and you can’t tell who’s who,” said Auls. “They just need to be caught, they need to be off the street, period,” said resident Mary Jane Willis.
Police say the male suspect is a black male, around 5’10, about 250 lbs, 20-25 years old. The female suspect is a black female, 5’6, dark skin and medium build. Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police confidential TIPCALL line at 847-2255.