The Gloversville Police Department is investigating a possible abduction. Witnesses say the saw a young girl being hit by a man inside a car before taking off, but police haven't found any evidence yet to substantiate those claims. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, parents in the area are on high alert.
GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. -- It is an incident that has Gloversville residents on edge.
"One of my nieces would not go to bed. She was crying, freaking out, making her mom sleep with her and telling her they were gonna get her next," said Stacy Rowback.
While police haven't proven it to be true yet, they say they are investigating reports of an abduction. Two young girls reported to police they saw a four door tan or grey sedan pull up to the corner of Forest and Fremont Street around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Capt. John Sira said, "They believe they saw a young female being physically assaulted in the back of a car."
The witnesses told police there were two men in the front seat and one man in the back hitting the girl before the car continued down Fremont Street.
"Completed a canvas of neighborhood, talked to residents in the neighborhood, businesses that were open and we have not been able to find anything concrete to follow up with at this point," said Capt. Sira.
No missing person reports have been filed with police and the lack of evidence makes it unclear whether an actual abduction took place. But for people in the area, the possibility of a kidnapping is enough to keep them up at night.
Arnold Rowback Jr. said, "They are supposed to be in when it starts to get dark, so they were in the house at the time, but now they're gonna be in at five or six, even before it gets dark."
City leaders say they'll continue to speak to people in the neighborhood and if nothing else, this serves as a good reminder for the age old rule.
"Children should know, stranger danger, remember, don't talk to strangers that you don't know. In this case, we aren't really sure anything took place, but it's a reminder be aware of your surroundings," said Mayor Dayton King.