Police Investigating Attempted Abduction of two Children in New York


Neighbors in a local community are on edge after police said a man attempted to abduct two young boys Wednesday night.

3rd Avenue in Waterford is the kind of quiet street that Patricia Kasler said is perfect for raising her 9-year-old daughter.

“I always have my eyes watching her, or my mom’s eyes watching her, or my neighbors,” she said. “We all try to keep an eye out for each other’s kids.”

But now she’s not so sure.

“It scares me and makes me angry,” she said.

Around 7 p.m. Wednesday, police said a man in a black sedan pulled up near a home on the street. According to police, the two 7-year-old boys were playing nearby and the man told them to get into his vehicle.

“The two boys did the right thing,” Waterford Police Sgt. Robert Van Braner said. “They ignored him.”

Van Braner said the boys did exactly what they were supposed to do by going inside and telling their parents. Now police are working with neighbors to try and track down the driver of the vehicle.

Rebecca Valcik is a mother of three and lives down the road.

“It’s definitely scary knowing that someone is driving around trying to talk to them,” she said. “It really upsets me that someone would do that at all.”

She said she’s never had to worry about it before.

“It’s a really quiet street, and there’s never any trouble,” she said. “The kids are usually out playing with their friends.”

Meanwhile, the incident is making Kasler think twice about letting her daughter play outside with friends.

“You can never be too careful; you have to keep your eyes open all the time,” she said. “There’s danger out there. Not just down the street but right in front of your home.”

Police said they are working with neighbors to track down the driver of the car. Some have security cameras set up. Police are reviewing the footage in hopes of finding clues in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Waterford Police Department at (518) 237-3341.

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