AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - It was still dark outside on a street with very few street lights when a mother waiting for the school bus with her daughter saw a man fall from the tree out in front of her house.
Amherst Police were called to Frankhauser Road around 7 a.m. on Wednesday. There are still enough leaves on the trees that could conceal someone, but it is not a neighborhood where mothers expect to hear of something "creepy and odd."
Neighbor Rachel Gould said, "It's safe. Love it here. Been here a long time. 15 years."
"Felt this was a great neighborhood. Very quiet. You don't see people up very much. I would never think it would happen in this neighborhood. This is Amherst; it shouldn't be happening here," added neighbor Anne Marie Corbett.
But "creepy and odd" is exactly how one mother described to News 4 over text message what happened as she waited with her daughter. The man fell from the tree and landed on the ground right in front of them. He then hopped up and began walking toward Sheridan Drive.
The neighborhood is full of school-aged children. Fellow mothers are sympathizing with her and worrying about their own kids.
Neighbor Lori Pietraszewski said, "It makes me sick to my stomach just to think of something like that. It really does."
"Either he was looking at the school kids at the bus or looking into people's windows. That is never a good sign."
Maureen Orgek says their neighborhood is particularly vulnerable to something like this.
"This is a neighborhood with no streetlights, so it's dark and you wouldn't necessarily notice that someone was up in a tree," Orgek explained.
Now neighbors are hopeful police will catch the suspect, who was not found when patrols arrived.
The suspect is described as a white male, 40- to 50-years-old with a medium build, gray hair and possibly with a mustache. He was wearing a blue sweatshirt and dark-colored pants.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Amherst Police Department at 689-1311.
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