Buffalo police are checking a 14-year-old boy's report that he was thrown naked into the Niagara River Thursday after resisting a man who abducted him and tried to sodomize him.
The boy, a Black Rock resident, told police he was forced into a car on Elmwood Avenue and driven around for several hours before the attack. He was treated in Children's Hospital for exposure and released.
Police said today they were trying to confirm the details of the boy's account but could not comment immediately on their investigation.
Chief of Detectives Angelo P. Allessandra said detectives were looking for confirmation of the boy's story because it was unusual. He said the boy and his parents were cooperating with police.
He told police that a man grabbed him by the arm and forced him into a small white car about 3:15 p.m. at Elmwood and West Delavan Avenue after the boy got off a Metro Bus on his way home from a Buffalo high school.
However, police were trying to determine why the youth was on the corner, which was several blocks from the bus stop nearest to his home.
The man, 30 to 35 years old, did not show a weapon, but the boy said he felt intimidated because the man was more than 6 feet tall and weighed more than 200 pounds. The boy said the man, who appeared to have been drinking, drove him around for several hours, then took him to the foot of West Ferry Street at about 7 p.m.
There, he removed the boy's clothing and tried to get him to commit an act of sodomy, police said.
When the boy refused, the man threw the boy's clothes into the river, then threw the boy into the water, according to police. The water temperature in Lake Erie was 44 degrees Thursday.
The boy said he grabbed a piece of pipe and held onto it for a few minutes until the man left. He then climbed out of the water, and a man who was driving by called police and kept him in his car until they arrived and took him to the hospital.
After he was treated, he was taken to Police Headquarters, where he gave a statement to Lt. Simon Manka and Detectives Richard Mondo and Clayton Silver of the Sex Offense Squad.