Fake news regarding Manteca Police activities are being posted on Facebook.
Sgt. Michael Aguilar, who serves as the department’s public information officer, said Monday that four news items were published online over the past week that were untrue with one claiming an off duty Manteca officer was driving drunk when he got into an accident over the weekend and killed an innocent motorist. It didn’t happen, Aguilar said.
A second story told of an employee outside a Manteca department store being kidnapped while getting off work on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. The posting said the woman fought off the attacker and got away. Again it didn’t happen, he said.
A third story related to a group of people supposedly kidnapped in the parking lot outside of Wal Mart and taken into human trafficking – with some of the victims also being arrested by officers. Again it didn’t happen, Sgt. Aguilar repeated.
Another story told of a school shooting at Manteca High School with officers spread out all over the campus – not so, he added.
Sgt. Aguilar said the department has been attempting to track down the source but to date have been unable to locate the person doing the police news posting.
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