San Angelo Police Work with Local Retailers, Residents to Address Concerns of Social Media Posts about Attempted Kidnappings, Human Trafficking

Jul 31, 2017   06:39 PM

The San Angelo Police Department has received multiple messages from citizens asking about recent social media posts concerning reports of women with children being followed by suspicious men at HEB and Target — the posts have since gone viral. 

Officials from both retailers, who were aware of the reported incidents, have been cooperating with our Department in a shared concern for the safety and wellbeing of their customers.  

After preliminary investigation and review of surveillance footage, it appears both incidents were not cases of attempted human trafficking or kidnapping as suggested by social media commentary.  In both cases, women perceived behavior they felt inappropriate and acted on instinct.   The San Angelo Police Department applauds these women for speaking up about the concerning behavior as it has sparked conversation about personal safety and concern for their fellow citizens. 

While these preliminary investigations showed there was no criminal activity involved, the San Angelo Police Department wants to reiterate that everyone should remain vigilant and these reports serve as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to store staff and local law enforcement. 

Investigations concerning both claims are ongoing.  

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