Young boy approached by 2 women in van near Grand Island school

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Sheriff’s office says two adult women approached a young boy in front of a Grand Island school Thursday afternoon.

According to the Sheriff’s office, the women drove a red, dented mini-van up to the 11-year-old in front of Huth Road Elementary School around 3:50 p.m. Authorities say they asked the boy to get in the van, and said they would take him to dinner.

While this was happening, the Sheriff’s office says another vehicle came up to the van and spoke to the women. After that, they drove eastbound from the scene on Huth Rd.

Officials say one woman was described as older, with gray or white hair, and the other was just described as “younger.”

Anyone with information on the suspicious incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s office at (716) 858-2903.

Grand Island Central Schools released a statement on the incident:

“We were alerted that there was an incident on Huth Road, near the elementary school, yesterday afternoon around 4:00 PM. The incident involved an older woman who was driving a deep red older style minivan.  The older woman was driving with another female adult passenger as well. 

They stopped near the school and asked a fifth grade male student to get in the van and offered to take the boy to dinner.  Another vehicle pulled up and began a conversation with the adults in the minivan.  The student ran away and reported the incident.

Please continue to communicate with your children as you stress the importance of safety and stranger danger.  Please call the Sheriff’s office at 716-858-2903, immediately, if you see anything suspicious or know anything about this incident.”

The Sheriff’s Office has released two images of the red minivan suspected to be involved in the incident.

The photos show the vehicle approaching the school then leaving the area. Sheriff Crime Scene Investigation Unit Deputies were able to capture images from a security camera and recording system. 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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