Po­lice open in­quiry into re­ported park in­ci­dent

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - STAFF RE­PORT

Siloam Springs’ Po­lice Depart­ment said Tues­day it has no ev­i­dence of sex crimes oc­cur­ring in a park over the week­end as sus­pected by a park vis­i­tor.

Po­lice opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a wo­man posted on Face­book a de­scrip­tion of her en­counter with four men. Po­lice said the in­ter­ac­tion was at Bob Henry Park on Satur­day around 5:30 p.m. The post was shared on Face­book more than 6,000 times.

The au­thor of the post wrote she was vis­it­ing the park with her chil­dren when a man walked up to her. The post said the man touched her dog and later used his cell­phone to take video of her. The wo­man re­ported she was un­com­fort­able and left the park, the po­lice said.

The wo­man tried con­tact­ing po­lice af­ter she left the park, but her phone died, po­lice said. They talked to her Mon­day, po­lice said.

“Af­ter de­scrib­ing her in­ter­ac­tion to other per­sons, the caller re­ceived mul­ti­ple opin­ions and ad­vice, which in­cluded post­ing the in­ter­ac­tion on so­cial me­dia, and an opin­ion that this in­ci­dent may be re­lated to sex traf­fick­ing,” a po­lice news re­lease read. “Based on the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the re­port­ing party, the Po­lice Depart­ment has no in­for­ma­tion which would sup­port the the­ory.”

Deputy Chief Ge­off Lewis said Tues­day record­ing some­one in public isn’t a crime and whether any crime had been com­mit­ted is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Po­lice said they’d like to in­ter­view the four men in­volved.

Any­one with more in­for­ma­tion is en­cour­aged to con­tact the Po­lice Depart­ment’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion at (479) 524-4118.

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