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Child Predator on the Loose in Wyandotte? Police Say No

A Facebook message that went viral Tuesday has incorrect information, according to police.

A Facebook post claiming that there's "a child predator on the loose" in Wyandotte is not true, Wyandotte Police Chief Daniel Grant said.

Grant said his department has received many calls from concerned residents about a man allegedly trying to abduct children near Wyandotte schools. School Superintendent Carla Harting said her office has received calls, as well.

"No students have reported an incident like the one mentioned," Harting said. "Just because it's on Facebook doesn't mean it's true."

The Facebook message, which has been shared online more than 1,300 times since Tuesday, says: 

ATTENTION ANYONE WHO CURRENTLY RESIDES IN WYANDOTTE AND LINCOLN PARK THERE IS A CHILD PREDATOR ON THE LOOSE WE SHARED A STORY ABOUT IT ALREADY BUT WHEN WE WATCHED THE NEWS THIS MAN HAS TRYED TO HIT 6 DIFFERENT AREAS WYANDOTTE AND LINCOLN PARK.THE AREAS ARE AS FOLLOWS.
WYANDOTTE-6TH AND ANTOINE.
WYANDOTTE-ANTONIE AND ELECTRIC.
WYANDOTTE-2ND STREET AND EMMONS.
WYANDOTTE-7-ELEVEN ON EUREKA AND BIDDLE.
LINCOLN PARK-DIX AND MICHIGAN.
LINCOLN PARK-GREGORY PARK.

PLEASE BEWARE AND KEEP YOUR CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE AND SAFE AND RE-POST AND SHARE AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE AND LETS CATCH THIS HORRIBLE MAN THANK YOU.

Grant said there are no reported incidents at any of the Wyandotte locations listed in the post. Colleen Snethkamp, a Lincoln Park Police Department spokeswoman, said she knows of none in her city either.

While Grant said he dismisses the notion of a child predator, a Saturday incident remains under investigation. At about 6 p.m., a 13-year-old boy was walking near Sixth and Davis streets when he said a man got out of a work van and asked the teen to come over to him. The teen said the man then pulled out a knife before the teen ran away.

"We searched the area and were unable to locate any suspect (or) vehicle," Grant said. "We talked with neighbors to see if they recognized the vehicle and no one said they did."

Two other incidents were reported to police late last year, but Grant said officers were never able to confirm the stories or locate any suspects.

On Nov. 22, a fifth-grade boy said he was approached by a man at Vinewood and 4th streets as he walked to Garfield Elementary School.

On Oct. 22, three Wilson Middle School students said a man approached them near the Indian Village Apartments on Goddard, between Fort and 15th streets in Lincoln Park, as they walked to school.

In both of those cases, the students said the man drove a small black four-door car and was wearing a mask when he approached them as they walked to school in the morning.

"We've checked both of those cases out and have never been able to find anything to substantiate the reports," Grant said.

The woman who posted the Facebook message in question did not immediately return an email seeking comment as to where she received her information.

Nancy sinatra January 16, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Well at least its cleared up. However wyandotte cops REALLY need to step it up. They seem to just want to bust pot smoking teens instead of real criminals. There are too many pedofiles and child molesters and just straight up horrible people out in that city. Focus on that. Not your dui quota for the month, thanks
Christine Orman January 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM
The actual post that went viral may have been 'made up'. However, the information is a reality in life. There are child sex offenders that live among us in our neighborhoods, in every neighborhood, they go unreported. If a parent waits till there is a report to the police and that is made public to take that extra precaution in the safety of their children... they're a fool.
Jim Rutkowski January 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM
DUI drivers are as much a threat to our children's safety as any pedophile. Pot smoking teens need to be dealt with as well. The police are doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. Sure it would be nice to have 30 more cops on patrol but there is not the financial support out there. Parents need to step up and fill in the void. Also there is no 7-11 on Eureka and third. It closed a few years ago.
bennie simm January 16, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Your right jim, but your also wrong dui yes bad idea pedophile yes bad idea perscription drugs is the problem not weed,weed is not gonna hurt you
Anna Leve January 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Just because they haven't been able to locate the suspect/s doesn't mean there haven't been "attempt" abductions!!!! All children should be warned and no matter where you live especially when thesereports have been made citizens better be on alert! Thank God nothing has happened......yet!
Anna Leve January 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Amen! This article insinuates that the children are not correct in their reports. The way I read it is just because they weren't able to apprehend the suspect there is no problem??? Crazy.
Jason Alley (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 03:30 AM
Just to be clear, Anna, our story is not saying "that the children are not correct in their reports." It's merely to point out that the police and school district do not agree with the hysteria that was created with the message that "there is a child predator on the loose." None of the incidents mentioned in the post ever happened, according to police.
Pete January 17, 2013 at 02:55 PM
It can't be both false and true Christine, and what is meant by 'made up'?
Tom Skyler January 17, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I have heard of the reported incidents from the schools and although nothing happened, kids were approached in at least (2) of them. Many districts have police patrol the area before and after school starts and ends.
Brendt January 17, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Where is this post from... Can't be someone from around wyandotte... There is no 7-11 on Eureka and Biddle... Is this someone just trying to strike fear into residents?
Christine Orman January 17, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Pete, as I stated "The post that went viral MAY{meaning it could be true but I have no personal knowledge so I can't say it's true or false} have been 'made up' " But regardless of if the events actually happened. It shouldn't matter because even if those events did not take place, any parent that doesn't guard the safety of their child as if they did occur, is a fool. There are countless numbers of sex offenders where the children don't tell, where they do tell but nothing is done or when something is done it's not made public. I personally know of a case where the WPD failed to put a sex offender behind bars because of misconduct by the detect. handling the case and great efforts to keep it quiet. So this sex offender was free on the streets only to victimize a young girl again, though he was arrested and charged, by a different police depart., the system still released him to the public where again a few years later he victimized a young girl. At least now he is on the sex offender registry. Not to mention to numbers of children that disappear{kidnapped} never to be seen again. Even if the chance of that happening to your child here in Wyand. is 1 in 1 million. Why would any parent take the risk of that millionth being their own child? Your children aren't even safe sleeping in their own beds. Look at the Elizabeth Smart case. We had an incident in this area about 20 yrs ago, Deanna Siefert{?} was taken from the bedroom of her friends house and later found in a dumpster.
Shannon January 18, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Good observation Brendt! There hasn't been a 7-11 on Eureka for many years. And it was never at Biddle and Eureka. It was at Biddle and Third!
Pete January 18, 2013 at 03:29 AM
Wow, I saw somewhere online that Obama was an alien, but the story was 'made up'. Don't let the fact that it was 'made up' detract from the fact that other politicians may be aliens, and don't ever let the truth get in the way of a good story.
KC January 18, 2013 at 03:19 PM
I'm not saying the kids are making up these stories, but it is a possibility. The one incident the kids say happened on Goddard and 15th street in Lincoln Park. That is a very busy area in the morning, and if the guy got out of his car and approached them wearing a mask, nobody else saw it?
nicki wethington January 18, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I don't know about the facebook story but last year 2 kids did complain about a guy in a mask in a dark car trying to pick them up. I have e-mails from two different schools as proof. I for one take those seriously and my son doesn't walk home.
roxanne January 21, 2013 at 03:17 PM
I will tell you what is scary & shouldn't be allowed: The "halfway" house that is on Oak & 15th. There have been known sexual predators housed there. Look at the Michigan registry. Washington school is 2 blocks south of there.
Bobby Deel January 21, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Also, I would like to add off of this subject a little that we reported to a certain principal at an elementary school of a type of bullying that was going on with our daughter. This woman told us that our kids need to start toughening up. Just because her kids go to the school she works at and she can keep an eye on her kids at all timed or be messed with because of their last name, dont brush off the rest of the students. I truely believe this perdon thinks she is above everyone else.truly of their last name, dont blow
Patricia March 18, 2013 at 08:04 PM
I disagree! My children attend an Elementary school in Wyandotte and I have received two different letters stating a predator had attempted to abduct a young boy. My mother was there to pick my children up and spoke with the aunt of the little boy. The child was a safety (who walked) to school everyday, when he arrived to his post a man with a mask pulled up and told him to get in the car. The little boy ran away. Safeties are no longer posted on the corners in the back of the school because of the incident. And yes, Wyandotte Police were patroling around the school for a week, more cars than usual!

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