Tonawanda News

April 19, 2013

UPDATE: Two men in custody as investigation into Massachusetts car continues in Falls

By Mark Scheer
Greater Niagara Newspapers

NIAGARA FALLS — Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said two men are being detained as Falls and State Police continue to investigate a car with Massachusetts plates on Elmwood Avenue.

DalPorto said the two men are not Russion nationals but would not comment further on the subject.

Falls police received a tip from a passerby of the car and the car was stopped by a patrolman. The two men in the car are being detained for questioning, DalPorto said.

Meanwhile, Falls and New York State Police have closed off Elmwood Avenue between 18th and 19th streets while the state police bomb squad's robotic device investigates the black Nissan.

“We're not sure of the contents of the car or what their activity is,” DalPorto said of the situation.

It's early in the investigation, added Capt. Craig Hanesworth of the New York State Police.

“There are items in the car,” he said. “what they are, we don't know.”

Police were not evacuating the area behind City Market, but police were urging people in the area to stay in their homes.