Third stranger danger incident reported in a week, 14-year-old assaulted

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In just one week, police in Buffalo have responded to three separate reports of dangerous incidents involving strangers. On Thursday, a child was assaulted.

Officers say a 14-year-old was assaulted while walking from her home near the bowling alley on Bailey Avenue after a roughly 30-year-old man approached her. Police say the man passed her and then asked her, “Do you want to do something?”

The man then pushed her up against a fence, injuring her face. He stopped when a passerby stopped, honking a car’s horn and yelling out of the car’s window.

Officers say the distraction freed the girl up to escape and the man continued walking up bailey to the north. Witnesses say he was about 5’8″ tall, about 230 pounds and wearing dirty blue jeans with a black hooded sweatshirt.

The incident is the latest in a string of events where police have been called to investigate dangerous strangers approaching children. On Wednesday, two girls were approached by men in a van, prompting an investigation. On Monday, a suspicious man offered a young girl a ride, prompting police to issue a warning to school parents.

Police are urging parents to have a conversation with younger children about stranger danger, and to teach students to buddy up when walking alone.

Anybody who has information about any one of the three events is asked to call police at (716) 847-2255.

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