A story circulating on Facebook and via email of an attempted "grab and go" kidnapping of a woman at Hulen Mall isn't true, say Fort Worth police and a Hulen Mall spokeswoman.
The account, which is claimed to have been emailed as a warning to all Fort Worth-area Lockheed Martin employees on Thursday night or Friday morning, says that a Lockheed Martin employee was at the mall Thursday night when "a guy tried to force me" outside. "The FW Police Dept. & Mall Security got a good description and they did a search for the individual but he got away."
Fort Worth police spokesman Tracy Carter said, "This is false."
Lindsay Kahn, a spokeswoman for GGP, Hulen Mall's parent company, elaborated: "These are things we take very seriously and we investigate them thoroughly, but I can assure you that this is false."
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The posts and emails claim police are saying "a gang is working malls."
They claim that a man with a tablet takes photos of a targeted woman and sends them to a gang, instructing them to perform a "grab and go," in which "they force the victim to leave with them, once outside you are forced into a waiting van. The victim could be assaulted, robbed or sometimes worse."