Geneva cops cancel alert after woman calls to explain
By MAtt Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org August 14, 2012 6:16PM
Updated: November 30, 2012 11:01AM
GENEVA — Police cancelled a community alert Tuesday about a woman who had approached two young boys, after the suspect explained it was a miscommunication.
The boys had reported that a woman in her early 50s approached them Saturday afternoon in the downtown historic shopping district. The woman asked the boys if they wanted to see her dog, which she claimed was in a car parked on the other side of Campbell Street.
The children said no and returned to their parents, who were nearby. Police were called to the scene, but did not find anyone.
On Sunday, police issued an alert asking residents to call if they had any information about the woman or her car.
Police cancelled the alert after the woman herself called to explain what happened. Police said they were able to confirm her identity and determined the woman was not trying to abduct the boys.
“It was a misunderstood gesture of good will,” police said.