Police: No evidence of abduction at Towne East Square


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – You may have seen social media posts that went viral Thursday night about an attempted kidnapping at Towne East Square. Wichita police want to make sure that you know that they are not true.

Police said there was no abduction or attempted abduction last night at the mall.

A video going around on Facebook shows police arresting two people. Officers say the woman arrested is a panhandler who pretends to be deaf. She was arrested for trespassing since Towne East has told her to stay off of the property.

The woman’s husband was also arrested for driving a vehicle with a stolen tag.

The two have been spotted at other stores, but police are emphasizing that they are not suspected of attempted abductions.

Wichita police addressed a Facebook post that went viral in a news briefing.

On Thursday night, a post began circulating on Facebook about an attempted abduction in the parking lot of Towne East Square.

“There was no evidence that an abduction occurred,” said Officer Paul Cruz, Wichita Police Department. “The incident was very chaotic. One of our detectives was on scene. We will be providing more information through an official statement later today.”

Police ask that instead of posting on Facebook, contact them about a potential crime. They will investigate.

“A lot of times we find ourselves chasing or trying to contact citizens that put information through social media,” added Cruz. “They provide inaccurate information, and it creates panic within our community as far as public safety.”

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