Lakes Area Residents Warned About Sharing Fictitious Social Media Posts After Wadena Incident
JT Thaden | Sep 11, 2020 AT 12:04 pm
WADENA (KDLM) - The Wadena Police Department is warning residents and social media users to be cautious when sharing posts after a fictitious Facebook post caused alarm in the Lakes Area.
The Facebook post alleged that on Sept. 10 a sex offender had offered candy to two young children at a Wadena Park before a man held the offender at gunpoint until the police arrived.
The Wadena Police Department says, "Upon learning of this Facebook posting, law-enforcement knew immediately that there was never a call into dispatch for us to respond as this fictitious post indicates. So we investigated further into this allegation. Officers have now spoken to the original person who created this post on Facebook and it was acknowledged that it was false and never happened."
The Department will be submitting a report to their prosecuting attorney's office office for review of charges against the individual who originally posted this fictitious incident.