Ken-Ton schools warn parents of suspicious incidents

Posted at 11:26 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 18:31:00-04

The Ken-Ton School District is warning parents about two suspicious incidents in the Town of Tonawanda.

The latest incident happened Tuesday in the area of Sheridan Drive and Parkedge Avenue. The district said a 14 year-old was approached by a white male in a blue vehicle who made a threatening remark. Town of Tonawanda police wouldn't release what exactly was said. The man was believed to be 30 to 35 years old with blond hair and a scruffy appearance.

On Monday, the district says a white male with balding blond hair, also in a blue vehicle, pulled up to a six year old girl waiting for the bus at Marjorie Drive and Starin Avenue and made comments to her before driving off.

"I've lived here for a long time and I haven't seen anything like that or heard of anything like that happening," said Nancy Benz who has lived on Marjorie for 17 years. "It's scary. It's scary because it's a very small little community, and close knit. We watch each other's kids."

In both cases, eyewitnesses described the vehicle as blue - possibly a minivan or Chevy TrailBlazer.

"Be on the look out. Have your children be extra aware of their surroundings and of course notify the police if it's an emergency situation. Call 9-11, or if something is passed tense, contact our local police department and report what you saw," said Town of Tonawanda Police Captain Joseph Carosi. 

The district is also asking all parents and guardians to remind their children to never accept a ride from a stranger and to report any suspicious activity to Town of Tonawanda Police.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the confidential tip line at 879-6606.