I’ve had a bajillion people ask me about the latest rumor. It originated with a blast e-mail by a very nice area mom with the best of intentions. This isn’t her fault. But it got a little out of control and now even children are hearing it at school and we’ve got a little mass hysteria kind of thing going on.
The rumor has blossomed to this: There’s a bearded kidnapper in University Park riding around in a white van trying to snatch kids. Specifically, he attempted to grab a child on Daniel last week.
Here’s what Chief Adams of the UPPD said.
We had a call where a mother reported a suspicious vehicle in her neighborhood. There were no reports of any contacts or attempted contacts by the driver.
Then Adams followed up with this.
The white van was located by UP officers and the white bearded man has been identified. He was legit and delivering some papers. In all we had four calls about this. No one indicated that the subject attempted to pick a child up.
So there you have it.