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UAPD and Fayetteville PD Address Suspicious Activity, Abduction Rumors

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) - The University of Arkansas Police Department and Fayetteville Police Department have addressed the social media exchanges regarding suspicious activity and possible abductions in Fayetteville. 

Over the past couple of days, both departments have received phone calls regarding the social media posts being shared about suspicious activity near the University of Arkansas and the mall.

The University of Arkansas sent out this notification to the campus community on Saturday afternoon regarding the reports of suspicious activity.

"There are a lot of rumors that are just not true," Captain Gary Crain of the University of Arkansas Police Department said. "We addressed the issues that were going around campus this weekend and the rumor mill seems to be spreading rumors faster."

Crain went on to say, "no complaint has been filed with University Police regarding an abduction."

The Fayetteville Police Department posted this on Facebook regarding the report of an attempted abduction near the mall.

The following statement was sent out today by Fayetteville High School Public Information Officer Alan Wilbourn:

"You may be aware of some reports and social media exchanges regarding suspicious activity on or near the University of Arkansas campus where a white male was approaching female students. The U. of A. alerted students and staff via email this weekend and urged them to report any suspicious activity. There have been no reports filed and no report of any injuries.

We have had no reports of any similar behaviors near the Fayetteville High School campus, but we wanted you to be aware of this, given our proximity to the U. of A. campus. 

The safety and security of our students and staff members will always be our #1 priority. Our security officers are in place every day at FHS, and one security staff members circles the perimeter of the campus and drives through the parking lots several times daily. 

With the end of Daylight Savings Time, our parking lots will be darker in the late afternoon and after evening events. We encourage everyone to use caution when walking alone after dark and to use the buddy system whenever possible. In our FHS Family, we take care of each other." 

As always, if you see a crime or need to report it, call the police or dial 911... Fayetteville Police Department number is 479-587-3555.

The University of Arkansas Police released the following statement: 

We would like to share some facts and correct some misinformation being shared regarding suspicious activity on campus. There have been no abductions and no reports of attempted abductions. We have received calls reporting suspicious activity and/or suspicious persons. In an abundance of caution, UAPD officers have increased their presence and patrols across campus, increased escort availability and will continue to respond to every call received. 

We have also notified the entire campus community and ask that those who witness any suspicious activity and/or a potential crime in progress to call 911. To report suspicious activity or a potential crime after it has occurred, call or text UAPD at 479-575-2222 as soon as possible. The safety and security of the campus community is our top priority.

For additional safety information, services and resources available on campus, please visit https://safety.uark.edu/preventing-violence/index.php. The site includes information about the Safe Ride program and Razorback Patrol Escort Service as well as the free downloadable RAVE Guardian safety app to check in with family, friends, UAPD, or others you trust to help stay safe both on and off campus.


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