Three youths in Geneva have reported suspicious behavior, as has one in Seneca County
GENEVA — The hunt continues for the suspect in Geneva's attempted abduction case, including three total reports this week of suspicious incidents.
In three separate cases, a man reportedly approached young boys while they were walking alone.
The police chief pointed out that the details in each case are eerily similar, with each student able to provide just a little more detail for police to know who to look for.
"It happened while they were each walking alone, so there are no other witnesses to the events," said Geneva Police Chief Michael Passalacqua.
However, he's hoping home surveillance cameras can help provide more evidence.
Throughout the night on Wednesday, police officers did a city-wide canvass, asking neighbors to look through their home surveillance cameras. The chief explained they are hoping to find images of the van or suspect.
The van is described as being dark in color with damage on it. The suspect is described as a taller white man between the age of 30-40 years old with a mask or scarf covering part of his face.
The chief is also working with area agencies — for instance, speaking with the sheriff in Seneca County about a similar incident reported near the South Seneca Junior-Senior High School.
According to the release by the Seneca County Sheriff's Office, a 12-year-old boy reported he was approached by "a Hispanic male with short brown hair wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, and an orange/reddish-colored jacket."
While the incident happened on Dec.12, the sheriff's office says there was a significant delay in the reporting of the event to law enforcement, which explains why the information wasn't released until Thursday.
The release explained the suspect "allegedly attempted to engage the 12-year-old male into conversation and it appears that he tried to lure him into a box van. The box van was described to be burgundy-colored in the front and white in the back with green lettering with a big upper case letter of 'E' that stood out to the child."
In both counties, law enforcement are urging parents to talk to their kids about what to do if approached by a stranger and to report any suspicious activity.