Below is a notice I received from the Fullerton PD's iWatch Alert System that sends subscribers emails or text messages about criminal activity in your neighborhood. I signed up for all of the neighborhoods so I could understand how much crime there is in Fullerton.
What troubles me is that a kidnapping is among the worst crimes a community will face and the fact that one was attempted and the public not notified has me asking why.
Why didn't the Fullerton Police department send out a press release on this attempted kidnapping? Was the department too distracted by other events? Which events?
Anyway, in the interest of protecting the public from crazed murderous kidnappers, here is the alert, albeit 8 days old:
There was an attempted kidnapping of a woman on May 8 at approximately 10:50 AM in the 400 block of S. Lemon St. As the woman was walking to school a large white truck containing 2 occupants drove past her. One of the occupants yelled at her and said “hey” out of the window. The truck passed her a second time and nothing was said. When the victim saw the truck for the third time it was parked. A suspect walked up from behind her and grabbed her arm. The victim hit the suspect and walked away from him very fast. When the suspect caught up to the victim again he put his hand underneath her jacket and said "if you run or if you scream I am going to shoot you." The victim was able to run away safely.
I am glad the victim was able to get away on her own. Perhaps if the FPD would have released this IMMEDIATELY, the public could have helped be the eyes and ears for the officers. The crime should have been on the news that afternoon. Radio stations should have been reporting it. But instead the FPD keeps the event quiet until a week has passed.
Why did they wait?
Was it fear of creating fear?
Was it just not important?
What reason could they have for not telling us about this?
I thought the people, you know voters and taxpayers, were pretty pissed off at last night's council meeting. Blunders like this won't help the public's perception of our police department or restore the lost trust.