A 7-year-old boy who was abducted from his school bus stop on Buffalo's East Side this morning was found unharmed almost four hours later, when he was dropped off in South Buffalo, authorities said.
Marquan Richardson, who lives at 168 Butler Ave. and attends the Makowski Early Childhood Center, was let out of a red Cherokee on Smith Street, near South Park Avenue, at about 11:45 a.m. He was taken to Women and Children's Hospital.
"He is safe," Capt. Mark Morgan, commander of the police Major Crimes Unit, told reporters shortly before noon. "He has not been harmed. He is not hurt.
"I know I'm breathing much easier now, so I'm sure his family is greatly relieved," he added.
Morgan said police had no motive for the abduction.
"We have no idea," he said. "We can't even speculate."
The abduction occurred at about 8 a.m., while Marquan was standing with some other students at the bus stop at Butler and Wohlers avenues. Butler is west of Humboldt Parkway, between East Delavan Avenue and East Ferry Street.
A late-model silver or gray SUV with a yellow license plate, possibly from New Jersey, pulled up to the bus stop. Two men, both wearing hooded sweat shirts, got out of the vehicle and pulled Marquan inside.
"He didn't get into the vehicle willingly," Morgan said, relying on witnesses' accounts. "It happened very quickly."
The SUV then fled from the scene on Lonsdale Road, heading south toward East Ferry Street.
After the kidnapping, Morgan told reporters that police were treating this as a stranger abduction. Authorities immediately issued an Amber Alert for Marquan, who's about 4 feet tall, weighing about 80 pounds, with a small scar on the center of his forehead.
Witnesses also told police that one of the men had dreadlocks, and one was wearing white gloves.