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Massena Police investigating reports of inappropriate contact with minors Tuesday

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MASSENA - Village police are suggesting parents and guardians remind young people of the potential dangers associated with approaching a stranger’s vehicle.

Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said his department is investigating an incident reported at 2:52 p.m. Tuesday.

He said a 13-year-old female was walking on Main Street near the Main Street Bridges when she observed a vehicle described as a “newer silver 4 door car” slow down and the operator appear to be checking her out. When the female got to the Main Street and Maple Street intersection, she reported the same vehicle was turned around at the intersection and an African-American male believed to be in his 20’s waved her toward his car.

The girl did not approach the car and went to a nearby building and reported the incident and police were called, Mr. Currier said.

The village’s police chief said a second incident was reported a short time later near the intersection of Park Avenue and Lincoln Place, where it is reported that a black male in a teal-colored car blew a kiss toward a teenage girl.

“We are investigating these reports, including looking at video footage of a camera we have in the area,” Mr. Currier said. “Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Massena Police Department at 769-3577 or email crimetips@police.massena.ny.us.”

Mr. Currier said people are reminded to take some precautions when walking including using routes where there is lots of activity, walking with others, never approaching a vehicle of a stranger or someone that you do not know and report suspicious activity to police immediately.

“We have to be careful not to characterize this as an attempted abduction. No question the description of the behavior is creepy, but these reported incidents occurred in broad daylight at or near very busy intersections and locations,” Mr. Currier said. “We are taking these serious and we are investigating. At this point it does not appear to be a behavior that would constitute a criminal act. But we’re still investigating to determine what the guy’s intent was.”

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