Posted: Apr 11, 2013 3:10 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 5:05 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Chief Floyd Simpson says he'll talk to District Attorney Mark Skurka about the possibility of filing charges against two girls who claimed they were kidnapped and left on North Beach yesterday.
The efforts to try and find the suspects and to meet with the girls about their claims took time from the Corpus Christi Police Department's work on other cases.
This is at least the second false kidnapping claim made within the past two weeks.
Yesterday, the girls claimed two Hispanic men in a van picked them up in the morning, then left them in the North Beach area.
The girls were interviewed at an advocacy center in the afternoon before police decided they were not being truthful.
As she arrived to the advocacy center, the mother of one of the girls told us, "don't put me on camera because I'm gonna beat her a**."
Last week, two sisters claimed men in a van tried to grab them while they were walking to Fannin Elementary. Within the same week, a girl walking to a middle school said a man tried to kidnap her as well.
Reporting false claims like abductions is not only wasting police resources, but creates the risk of officers possibly
not believing someone's story.
"We take all of those claims very very seriously and all of the resources that we have available will divert and go and try to handle that really really quickly," said Chief Simpson.
Officers are concerned reporting abductions could become a trend like calling in false bomb threats to schools.
Police are asking parents to talk with their children and discuss when it is appropriate to call police and when its not.
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