Social media ‘rape’ report unsubstantiated

CRESTVIEW, Fla., Nov. 14, 2018–A social media report of a rape in a local parking lot is unsubstantiated according to the Crestview Police Department.

No rape reports have been received by the police.

The Friday afternoon post on the “Crestview Crimes and Break-Ins” Facebook page alleged “a friend of our roommate was raped last night in the tractor supply [sic] parking lot by 2 men.”

However,  police have received no reports of this or a similar incident, which, according the post, also included the victim’s abduction “in a van/truck.”

“We have no reports, no active investigations, of anything of that sort occurring anywhere in the city over the last several days,” Criminal Investigations Sgt. Josh Grace said Wednesday.

Grace cautioned residents to be careful when forwarding or reposting unsubstantiated claims, because even though they are shared with good intentions, they may not always be accurate and can cause needless worry.

“If anything like that does occur, please, please contact the Crestview Police Department immediately so we may investigate,” said Grace. “We treat all allegations of rape with respect and discretion.”

Anyone with information about the alleged abduction and rape Thursday night is asked to please contact Grace at 850-682-3544.

Crestview Police Department release

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