NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Park Police have stepped up patrols at Niagara Falls State Park. There have been at least 5 armed robberies there since Memorial Day weekend, two happened on Goat Island on Tuesday just hours apart.
At around 6 pm Tuesday night an 18 year old was walking from Goat Island with two friends when he was robbed at gunpoint. Three suspects took off with cell phones, money and wallets. Then around 11:30 as many as eight suspects robbed two brothers and a cousin at gunpoint on Three Sisters Island.
“It’s very concerning but with everything going on in the world it could happen anywhere so it’s scary,” said Annette Schlosser of Cheektowaga.
Sergeant James Riddle says many people were still in the park when both incidents occurred and many were unaware because they were playing Pokemon Go.
“Crimes are crimes of opportunity and there are a lot of tourists around here so it’s not too surprising that something like that would happen around here,” said Wendy Mistretta of Buffalo.
At this point Park Police do not know if the two armed robberies on Tuesday are connected. That brings the total to 5 since Memorial Day weekend, which Park Police say is an increase from last summer. Sergeant Riddle says neither of the incidents were caught on camera. He says there’s surveillance video at Prospect Point but not at Goat Island or Three Sisters Island
“They should make efforts to make sure that the entire walking path that tourists follow are protected and monitored,” said Mistretta.
No one has been seriously injured in any of the reported armed robberies at the State Park.
Park Police contacted the Niagara Falls Police Department about the armed robberies. Both incidents are under investigation. Police are asking visitors to report suspicious activity and stay aware of surroundings.