A teenage girl was kidnapped from an East Side bus stop on Wednesday night, regaining consciousness about a mile away with torn clothes and no memory of what happened after the attack, according to a Buffalo police report.
The 15-year-old victim told police the attacker approached her at a bus stop at Jefferson Avenue and East Utica Street some time between 7 and 9 p.m. The attacker pulled her into a nearby alley and choked her into unconsciousness, according to the report.
She woke up on the 300 block of High Street and was taken to Oishei Children's Hospital. The victim had bruises to the neck but there was no information about any further injuries. Her condition was not known Thursday morning, police said in a news release.
The suspect was described as a white male with blond hair and a long beard. He had a medium build and was wearing a red shirt, blue jeans and black boots. He arrived at the bus stop in a white van, according to the report.
Police ask anyone who may have information to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.
This is the second time this week a girl was attacked at a Buffalo bus stop.
On Monday morning, a 13-year-old girl was chased by three people but managed to get away. Police called that a "possible attempted abduction." The assailants in that case got out of a black, four-door vehicle.
The two incidents appear to have been isolated and don't appear to be connected, said Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo.
In terms of safety tips, individuals traveling by bus should always make sure someone else knows where they are and where they are going, Rinaldo said. Travelers should carry a cellphone, and anyone who feels uncomfortable while waiting at a bus stop should call the police, he said.
Niagara District Council Member David A. Rivera, whose district includes the spot of Monday's incident, said the incidents are alarming to parents, students and the schools.
"It is alarming that we're starting to see a pattern of kids being approached at bus stops," Rivera said. He urged parents and guardians to talk to young people and have them take precautions while waiting at bus stops early in the morning or late at night.