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Laundromat incident still being probed by UC police

Laundromat incident still being probed by UC police

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:01 pm
By: Chris Menees, Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
Concerns and rumors are both running high in the aftermath of an alleged incident last week where an unidentified man possibly tried to abduct a child.
Union City Police Chief Joe Garner said police are continuing to investigate what appears to be “a lone incident” at a laundromat on North Second Street in Union City.
According to police reports, a Union City woman told police she was at the laundromat April 14 when a black man barged in from a side door and allegedly came after her 2-year-old daughter, who was running around playing. She said she grabbed her daughter and the intruder continued coming after her, grasping at the child while they were backed into an area between the clothes dryers.
The woman told police she started to scream and kick at the man, who was wearing a black coat pulled over his head. She reported he ran out a side door and she then ran out the door, at which time the man was inside a nearby carwash.
Garner said after reviewing video surveillance from the laundromat, it was unclear whether the man was trying to take the child or was simply terrorizing the mother and daughter. The woman told police the man put his hands on her child.
Garner said rumors have been circulating in the community about other possible child abductions, but he said everything has been checked by police and nothing similar discovered.
“There is a lot of concern, but this appears to be a lone incident,” he told The Messenger.
Garner emphasized that police are still actively investigating the incident at the laundromat and said police investigators have been working late-night hours in an effort to identify the suspect. He said anyone who has information which could be helpful is asked to call police at 885-1515 or Crime Stoppers at 885-TIPS (885-8477).
Residents are always cautioned to keep a close watch on their children and are urged to report any suspicious activity to police.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 4.21.11

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