Authorities Clear Up Recent Suspicious Activity After Social Media Post Goes Viral

Posted at 11:00 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 09:35:39-04

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Authorities in Montgomery County said they wanted to inform the public of a recent situation after a resident’s social media post went viral.

Officials said the resident’s post talked about an incident that happened around September 9 when a white male allegedly attempted to abduct a 12-year-old female.

Authorities said they’ve since collected information from two 911 calls and spoken to the parents’ of the children involved.

Police confirmed this incident was not an abduction attempt.

They explained a 12-year-old girl was walking in the Savannah West neighborhood when a male, possibly 17 years old, asked her to get in his car so he could take her where she needed to go.

According to the parent, the teen was not attempting to force the girl into the car. He also did not get out of his car.

The girl ran off to a friend’s house after telling the teen no.

Officials said the teen did approach other juveniles in the area who also refused a ride.

Authorities said these incidents have been deemed as suspicious activity, but not as abduction attempts, meaning no crime happened.

The recent post on Facebook claimed the man was a sexual predator, but officials said there was no evidence the driver was a sexual predator.

Authorities wanted to remind the public that abduction has been defined as “the action or an instance of forcibly taking someone away against their will.”