Police: Facebook rumors hinder investigation of abduction attempt

Nicholasville police said Monday that misinformation spread on social media is hindering an investigation into the attempted abduction of a 12-year-old boy.

At 6 p.m. Friday, police were called to Elmwood Court, where the boy said that a man he didn’t know grabbed his arm and tried to pull him through an apartment complex.

Police began canvassing the area for anyone fitting the description given by the boy. Police also spoke with several people in the area but were unable to find any other information except that given by the boy.

Police said in a news release that “misinformation on social media is complicating this case.” For example, posts on Facebook referred to “another attempted abduction,” which was an attempted burglary in a “totally unrelated” case, police said.

“There has been a description of the ‘perpetrator’” in the attempted-abduction case circulating online “that is more detailed than the description given to officers by the victim,” police said.

“Social media can often be a help to police department, but they can also be a hindrance when misinformation gets shared over and over again,” the news release said.

Police said they will continue to look into the attempted abduction, “and if we see any reason for the community to be concerned, we will be the first to put that necessary information out.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Nicholasville police at 859-885-9467.