Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

October 23, 2012

Not a kidnapper

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana —

Facebook and other social media sites have been proven as effective tools in getting the word out about crimes and crime prevention, but they’re not infallible.

Case in point: Yesterday, a Corsicana girl walking near Bowie was asked by a man in a car if she’d seen his dog. Reacting to her “stranger danger” training, the girl ran home and reported the encounter to her parents.

Late Monday night, police were called and investigators jumped on the issue, according to Police Chief Randy Bratton.

“The girl did the right thing, but there is no predator on the loose,” he said.

Turns out, there really was a missing dog, and the man in the car also had his girlfriend and her children in the car with him at the time.

“There honestly was a subject who lost his dog,” Bratton said. “It’s all resolved. We’re satisfied this was an honest situation.”

Concerned parents began posting to Facebook about the situation before investigators had finished, and when the man identified himself, he began to get some pretty negative postings onto his site, Bratton said.

“Facebook was helpful and a problem at the same time,” he said.