News Story


Rumors of Attempted Child Abductions
4/19/2017 2:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Rumors of Attempted Child Abductions



Date & Time:

April 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office





Recently concerned citizen groups have contacted the Ventura County Sheriff's Office regarding reports of attempted child abductions.  These groups became concerned after finding rumors circulated via several different social media outlets.  Many of the rumors have the same general theme:  while the 'victim' was shopping at a nationwide retail store, suspicious men followed the 'victim' and her children in an attempt to kidnap them and sell them into the sex trade. These stories have been circulating on social media sites throughout the country for the past few years, and variations of the stories continue to resurface every few months.    


Recently, Ventura County Sheriff's Detectives were alerted by a concerned citizen who saw a post on social media which alleged an attempt kidnapping of an adult.  Detectives interviewed several of the people who had posted the story, and discovered they had re-posted it from other social media sites.  Detectives were able to locate and interview the individual who the post was written about.  The individual said she did not write the post, and the story posted was inaccurate. 


Year to date, we have had NO reported child abductions or attempted child abduction incidents in any of the jurisdictions patrolled by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.  We encourage you to contact your local law enforcement agency to verify an allegation before you post it on social media.


Moorpark Police Department


Senior Deputy Becky Purnell:  805-299-1504


Fillmore Police Department


Sergeant Kevin Vaden: 805-477-7010


Camarillo Police Department


Sergeant John Franchi: 805-388-5135


Ojai Police Department


Sergeant Shane Matthews: 805-646-1414


Thousand Oaks Police Department


Sergeant Scott Duffner: 805-494-8256


Headquarters Station


Sergeant Mike Harris: 805-654-2110


Although there have been no incidents in our patrol areas, we ask for the public's continued vigilance in reporting of suspicious incidents.  If you see something suspicious, contact the Sheriff's Communication Center at 805-654-9511, or 911.  'If you see something.  Say something.' 




Prepared by:

Captain Garo Kuredjian


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Garo Kuredjian, 805-797-6322



Approved by:

Assistant Sheriff Eric Dowd