Tybee Island detectives investigate report of attempted kidnap

Crime & Safety

Post circulating on Facebook regarding an attempted kidnapping on Tybee Island

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WSAV) – Tybee Island Police Department detectives are investigating a report of an attempted kidnap on North Beach.

According to the department, officers responded to the area on Friday in reference to a group of “suspicious individuals.” The complainant told police that three men, fully clothed, stood close to her daughters and were talking on cellphones.

But a statement from police reads: “The complainant did not describe any obvious attempt to kidnap the children.”

Officers checked the area in an attempt to identify the men but were unable to locate anyone matching the given description.

The department said they are also aware of a Facebook post that circulated online in which a mom expressed her belief that a group of men attempted to kidnap her kids.

A post featuring a picture of three men was shared in a few local Facebook groups, however, Tybee officials couldn’t confirm to News 3 whether it was, in fact, the post being investigated.

“I tried to run one way and they followed and then the other.. I finally panicked and ran to strangers for help and then called the police,” the post reads, also alleging that similar incidents recently happened in Pooler.

“The health and safety of children have always been one of our top priorities and we take these situations extremely seriously,” the Tybee Island Police Department stated. “Rest assured that this report will be investigated thoroughly.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Bertram Whitley at 912-786-5600 or bwhitley@cityoftybee.org.

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