ECPD puts out social media reminder after reported attempted abduction over the weekend

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire police are reassuring people the city is a safe place to live and play after a report of an attempted abduction over the weekend.

According to Eau Claire police, the incident was reported on Sunday afternoon at Carson Park.

Officers spoke with a mom, who made the call to police, and the man involved. Police said the situation involved a man with cognitive disabilities who tried to help a little girl get a feather back after another little boy took it. 

Police do not believe there was any intent to lure the little girl away, or do any harm. The man was talked to about how his behavior can be alarming to children and their families. 

In a Facebook post, ECPD said Eau Claire is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family. This is made possible by everyone caring as much as they do and watching out for each other.

The department is also warning people to diligent when it comes to sharing information on social media. 

"We appreciate everyone being diligent and encourage anyone to call us if they have concerns or witness suspicious behavior. However, we also want to encourage people to try and learn as many facts about a situation, prior to commenting or posting to avoid rumors or unnecessary worry."

News 18 is planning to speak with Eau Claire police about the incident and will update this story with more details. 

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