City surveillance cameras give no clues yet in abduction case

White/Tan Lexus believed to be used in attempted abductions.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo police continue to investigate four attempted abductions in various neighborhood over a span of two weeks. The only photograph of the suspect vehicle, a white or tan Lexus, was taken by a witness to one of the incidents.

That has many people asking why none of the city’s 208 surveillance cameras captured a solid clue. Especially because one of the cameras hangs at the intersection where the first incident happened.

At the corner of Connecticut and 14th Street, neighbors haven’t stopped talking about the couple driving a white Lexus trying to snatch teens.

“I just want these people off the street,” said Mary-Jane Willis.

“I mean, they tried four different attempts. In two weeks,” exclaimed Ashley Hollins.

One thing baffling the two women is why Buffalo police don’t have a better photograph of the suspect’s vehicle.

The only photo made public was taken by a woman who helped pull a 16 year old girl to safety on Connecticut Street, after the passenger in the Lexus grabbed her.

Hanging above the intersection in question, is one of the Buffalo Police Department’s city surveillance cameras.

“The car was standing over there. So I’m trying to figure out why they didn’t catch the license plate or anybody in the car,” Hollins said.

In a news conference last week, Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said they don’t have a clear photograph of the suspects’ faces. He said there’s a reason they haven’t given a license plate number.

“Because we don’t have the actual license plate of ‘the’ Lexus. There are different scenarios that are coming up. But we’re not ready to release the license plate until we’re sure it is the vehicle in question,” Derenda said.

Buffalo Common Council member David Rivera says the city surveillance cameras are sophisticated, expensive, and equipped for fighting crime.

“They can actually read a plate number a quarter of a mile down,” Rivera said.

But this camera apparently didn’t read the license plate.

According to Buffalo Police, those surveillance cameras automatically rotate their view a little bit, every ten seconds or so. That could be the reason the Connecticut St. camera didn’t capture as much evidence as you’d expect.

Police are still looking for tips on this case at 847-2255.

Neighbors are just happy at the very least, a quick-thinking resident provided this picture.

“I’m going to applaud that woman for sending that picture in. Because at least we have some kind of a clue as to what’s going on in our community today,” Hollins said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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