News Story

 

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

 

Nature of Incident:

Rumors of Attempted Child Abductions

Location:

Countywide

Date & Time:

April 18, 2017 / 10:00 am

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office

 

 

Narrative:

 

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:

02/17/2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Garo Kuredjian, 805-797-6322

 

 

Approved by:

Assistant Sheriff Eric Dowd