Local mom has strange encounter at Walmart in NT, warns parents to keep their children close

You may have seen child trafficking warnings on social media. Encounters inside local stores that just don’t seem right, so someone reaches out to warn others, but many believe it may be a hoax. Well after a strange encounter in a North Tonawanda Walmart had her fearing for her children’s safety, one local mom is bravely sharing her story to let the public know it may not be so far-fetched.

Read her story below.

“I can’t believe the words I’m typing but here goes…Today I went on a normal Walmart visit to get some groceries and print out the girl’s pictures I just had done. I made my way to the picture frame aisle where Skyler was doing her usual bopping around doing cartwheels in the aisle. I was then approached by two light skinned women one with long hair and a long skirt on and another with a dress of some sort on, shorter hair, crooked teeth. Continuing forward they stopped me in trying to get me to join their “bible study.” Me being the nice person I am continues to talk to these women when all of a sudden I hear “Are you Skyler’s Mom?” I turn to a man standing at the end of the aisle and as I pulled Skye closer to me I said yes….? when I then see a cart with a little girl being pushed behind him with a little girl in it from Skyler’s class and her mom. They were motioning to me not to talk to the women and I was like…ummm…OK. The women then turned to me with a weird look and continued to ask for my number and name. I gave a fake number being I was completely creeped out at this point, and the one woman said something about leaving outside for a free bible and was very persistent as I made clear I could not due to my children being upset and cranky. I then finally broke away from the women and turned to find this man, and Skyler’s friend’s mom and friend waiting just around the way. We began to talk and come to find out these women had been in the store for hours walking around with the same basket of stuff hounding people. And she had asked me if I had Facebook and seen anything about the human trafficking going on in our Buffalo/Niagara area this last week and I said no. I was then informed women have been going to Walmart, Tops, Wegmans, etc. offering “Bible Study Sessions” in our area for some time and wait until you go to your car to put you in their van and go. I was in complete disbelief. Skyler’s friend’s mom and significant other told me Walmart was aware of what was going on and said if I wanted to shop and meet them at the front of the store they would walk me and my children to my car. We parted ways. As I was walking I got an eerie feeling someone was behind me and sure as hell, these women were trailing my every move. I then told Skyler she needed to get in the cart with her sisters and of course she said no, so I explained there are dangerous people here I need you to listen and she then got in the cart. The women were following me until I saw a lonesome mom in the baby section with her son, and I went up to her as if I knew her to throw the women off and it worked for a moment. I explained to the woman that if the women who were just following me approached her to get away from them and why. She thanked me up and down and again I was off heading toward the front of the store when the women got behind me again. At this point my already horrible anxiety kicked in and I began to cry running with my children in the cart to the front of the store near customer service and told them someone was following me. I then spotted Skyler’s friend and her parents and I proceeded to self checkout and they walked me and children to my car and made sure my groceries, children and I were completely in the car before they head all the way back to their car on the other side of the lot. I waited a moment trying to text my fiancée while he was at work to tell him what had happened and I then pulled off when I then noticed a very large transit van behind me. At first I thought I was just paranoid, so I decided to re-route myself going a way I usually don’t. I literally for 15-20 mins went down random streets in complete disarray, and the van continued to follow me and that’s when I then realized I wasn’t paranoid this was actually happening. I started bawling my eyes out and prayed to God he kept me and my children safe. I then called the police and went to a main road and pulled into a busy establishment where the van then drove away. The police were very comforting and very on top of getting to the bottom of it. The point is here, I literally know not a single person here other than my family and Dylan’s friends, and for at least one person who recognized my face from my daughter’s school tried to get me away from these women could have potentially saved my daughter’s lives and mine. I’m still in complete shock and trying to grasp what exactly happened, but all I can say is I will be forever grateful to Skyler’s friend’s parents, the North Tonawanda City Police for taking this seriously and The Good Lord himself for keeping me and my babies safe. I’m sharing this because I want my local women and children to be aware and safe. We always think we are so aware of our surroundings but the sad truth is, the world we live in today you literally just never know. Please limit outings to stores by yourself or with your children if at all possible and if you can’t – be alert at all times. After actually looking this up when I finally settled down I then learned this has been an ongoing problem for years In our community Buffalo/Niagara area – largely in part due to the fact were so close to Canada. So in conclusion, be aware and hold your babies tight because this world is scary and only getting worse. The thought of what if is running ramped in my mind and I’m sure will be for a while.”

18 thoughts on “Local mom has strange encounter at Walmart in NT, warns parents to keep their children close

  • June 11, 2018 at 1:50 pm
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    This is not only happening in Buffalo. It’s been going on where I lived in Athens and other cities around GA for quite sometime as well. What I did not understand is if the stores aware of what is happening, why they can’t or don’t make these people leave the premises and/or call the police when these people show up.

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  • June 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm
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    I saw these women at Wendy’s in North Buffalo last week. I didnt make eye contact but heard them talking to another woman about getting together to talk about God. The two women reeled the other woman in by complimenting her shoes.

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  • June 11, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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    Omg! Very scary! Gladvyou and your children are safe! Hugs! Did you know What color was the van? Did you see the licence plate? Was in a new York plate or canada?

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  • June 11, 2018 at 5:23 pm
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    Thats terrible shame idk how people can be so dispicable im from buffalo and nw i read the story im goin to be very causions about goin to them places after reading this story it breaks my 💔 glad the mom/daughter is safe

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  • June 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm
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    This is why I don’t drive. Me and my kids would be the ones taken….guess all plans for the summer have to be cancelled. If my husband can’t come we stay home.

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  • June 11, 2018 at 10:44 pm
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    I shared this. I hope the police catch the person.

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  • June 11, 2018 at 11:48 pm
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    To the woman it happened to: did they mention “God the Mother”? Because something VERY similar happened to me at the Galleria. I was with two of my kids (11 and 2) just outside the apple store when two women (one light skinned, curly hair and a lot of acne who did all the talking, the other dark skinned wearing all black and didn’t talk much). I had heard of a “god the mother” scam on fb months ago so when they mentioned it I immediately went on alert. They wanted to invite me to their bible study and asked for my number and email address. I said I had neither but wanted a flyer. They didn’t have one, nor could they tell me the time or location of their “bible study”. We walked in the opposite direction of them and I watched our surroundings like a hawk, while also looking for a security guard. We ended up leaving the mall shortly after because I was panicking. I ended up calling mall security, who didn’t seem to care, and told them to keep an eye out because they might be bad people. The fact that this woman and her children were followed was very worrisome, and I am so proud of her for taking multiple detours. When I posted about my encounter on fb, I found many friends have heard of these people (even friends not in our area) and they say they are sketchy religious nuts who only approach women alone or with their children. Religious nuts or not, if I am approached again or near a woman who is approached I swear I will holler for security and say that I heard about them being involved with child trafficking. Scare and embarrass them in public. Give them a taste of their own medicine.

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    • June 12, 2018 at 8:01 pm
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      Was this on Memorial Day? I had that happen when I was walking the Galleria with my son that day.

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    • June 14, 2018 at 2:06 pm
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      The same thing happened to me at h&m at the boulevard mall!! 2 young ethnic women came up to me and my girls (9&8yrs old). Only one did the talking. The other stood back kinda nervously. I asked for the info on where the church was and they couldn’t tell me. At that point I felt uncomfortable and just grabbed my girls and left.

      I have read stories about it since. Makes me sick. So scary! Had I know then I wouldn’t have even talked to them. Now I remind my girls regularly that we cannot talk to strangers and stay right next to me. Its sad. Its a crazy world!

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  • June 12, 2018 at 1:18 am
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    I had a similar scary situation happen at tops in SBflo, I will never take my children in there alone ever again!my daughter was so traumatized that she refuses to go grocery shopping with me now…

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  • June 12, 2018 at 1:43 am
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    I was also approached by this “religion” I was told that it was the end of days and that women need to have children idek I was shook.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 2:50 am
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    As a FYI – I was approached by two women – one Caucasian and one black – at the Galleria about 10 months ago right next to the Starbucks as I was texting my 13 year old to meet me there with her friend. They were well dressed and started off by asking me directions. Then, they inquired about Bible study. I told them that I was not interested and they did not immediately leave. I walked away briskly and while they initially followed me, I was able to get away and arrange a different meeting spot with my daughter and her friend. Two months later, I was at Eastern Hills Mall for back to school shopping and the exact same women approached me and my daughter but this time they were discheveled and even more aggressive. When they couldn’t get anywhere with me, they asked my daughter questions. I agressively stated we were not interested in Bible study and yelled at them. They walked away and pretended they were shopping for jewelry. My daughter was mortified until I explained there was nothing normal about this encounter and that just because they are women, she should be concerned they are approaching strangers and acting quite suspiciously.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 10:49 am
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    My daughter ran into this situation in Target in Cheektowaga.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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    I now think I too ran into these same women not too long ago at the Walmart in Lancaster. I was alive, but I was in the diaper isle. They had the same description as what was mentioned above and the black women kept complimenting my leggings and shoes. They wouldnt leave me be and I asked for a flyer just to quickly end it. Theh Also said they didnt have one but asked for my number and like an idiot I gave it to them. I’ve never spoken to them but now I wonder if they could be any of the local numbers that i dont know that call me and won’t leave messages. What is creepy too is shortly after I got away from these women they were hounding down others in the baby section. I was in the store for a good hour or so that evening and they were there during at least thr majority of that time and they were always in that area. This was about a month or two ago at most. I have heard of these trafficking issues and similar stories but even though I had an uneasy feeling about these women never did it click in my head at the time that was what was possibly happening. I’m definitely going to be more aware!

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  • June 12, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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    Why do we as women feel we have to be nice to strangers who are acting creepy/suspicious or asking for personal information? When my daughter was 8 some boy (being friendly) on a playground asked what her name was and she asked him “why do you need to know?” I never taught her that, so why can’t we as adults have the same sense and ask the same question? Why do we even bother to talk to them? Now that we know, these women need to be told that you are onto them and have notified the authorities of harassment and unwarranted solicitation.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 11:51 pm
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    The big mistake that was made in this instance was that the police were not called while these women were still in the store. If they had been trolling the store for hours then someone could have easily contacted the police while they were still inside and they would have been apprehended. It would have been easy to keep them distracted while someone else called police and contacted Walmart management. Granted, it is hard to make all the right decisions when faced with such stress. My big question, however, is for Walmart: Where was Walmart’s security team and why was this being allowed to happen? This is far more important than apprehending any shoplifter!

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  • June 13, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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    So I heard Bauerle and Bellavia talk about this a few weeks back on their afternoon WBEN show. It has been determined that these people are a cult and are actually recruiting. They hold bible studies daily for several hours at a time. They are not thought to be child traffickers but ya never know so if you are ever confronted by any of them I would start to make a scene wherever you are. Raise your voice firmly announcing that they are to back away and not talk to you. If they do not comply immediately, get out your phone and say you are calling the police to report them for harassment. Obviously always be aware of your surroundings at all times and do not park near vans. If you see a van parked next to your car with someone in it when you come out, go back in and ask the store to escort you because you feel unsafe.

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  • June 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    Wow, this story is insane. I shop alone all the time and i think that i am generally aware of my surrounding but this has me second guessing. No one should be scared to go shopping.

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