Youths report suspicious behavior Wednesday after a boy escaped a would-be kidnapper Monday
GENEVA — Geneva Police say two more suspicious incidents occurred within the last two days that are similar to the attempted abduction on Monday.
Police say an 11-year-old boy was walking home from school in the area of Carter Road on Wednesday when he observed a tall, white man wearing all black clothing and a black mask covering his face. The man was standing next to a black minivan with a large scratch on the driver's side door area. The vehicle — including the scratch — is similar in description to the vehicle in Monday's incident.
The student said the man was watching him, which made him concerned for his safety.
The suspect did not approach the student or say anything to him. The student left the area and reported the incident to an adult at an after-school program.
A similar incident occurred Tuesday around 3 p.m. when another 11-year-old boy was walking home from school.
Police say the student was walking in the area of Sherrill Street and Bell Avenue when he encountered a tall, white man wearing khaki pants, a sweater and a ski mask. The suspect got out of a black minivan and said "come here" to the student.
The student immediately ran from the area and went home.
These incidents follow one on Monday, in which a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt grabbed hold of a 13-year-old boy's hand in the area of Pulteney and William streets. The boy got away and ran to safety at a nearby residence. He had described seeing a black minivan with a white mark or large scratch on the hood and front end.
Due to the incidents, the two most recent of which were both reported on Wednesday, the Geneva Police Department is encouraging all residents and students to remain calm but also to be on the lookout for any suspicious person(s) or vehicles matching the previous descriptions.
Police also encourage parents and guardians who have students who walk to or from school arrange for alternative transportation. If that cannot be done, police say children should walk in groups if possible. If you see anything suspicious, please contact 911 immediately.
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Colton at 315-828-6779.