GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) – Investigators may be closing in a on a suspect in a crime that has rattled residents living along the Niagara River.
Erie County Sheriff Detective Brian O’Hara tells News 4 he has several leads and some possible suspects in the case from Wednesday. It was in the middle of the day when a man dressed in a haz-mat outfit knocked on a door on West River Road. He claimed to work for the Water Department, but then assaulted the person who answered the door and robbed them.
“I sent out an email saying be aware that this is going on and suspicious behavior and so forth.” said Frank Greco, President of the West River Homeowners Association. “Western New York and probably the rest of the country has a problem with drugs. Who would do something like that unless he’s hooked on drugs.”
The suspect may have been driving a white van. Detective O’Hara tells News 4 this may not be random. The suspect may have been targeting that particular home.
At first residents were hearing about two possible incidents. On Tuesday, there was another suspicious incident on West River, but no one was hurt, no one was robbed and detectives now believe that may have had nothing to do with this case.
“I mean we’re in a society today where, unless somebody shows proper ID and has an appointment of the time, don’t let him in.” said Grand Island Councilman Gary Roesch. “It makes people aware of being cautious, locking their doors. I think the biggest thing is not only yourself, your own home, but keeping your eye out for a neighbor’s home. If you see something, dial 9-1-1 from your actual land line.”