Dothan attempted abduction claims untrue: Chief
“We checked that out, reviewed video, and found no evidence that this happened,” Chief Will Benny told News 4 on Monday. However, the Sunday evening post by Aaron Kali Hyatt alarmed those who saw it on Facebook.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Dothan Police Chief Will Benny claims a social media post that alleged the attempted kidnapping of a young woman is untrue, though her family disagrees.
“We checked that out, reviewed video, and found no evidence that this happened,” Benny told News 4 on Monday.
However, the Sunday evening post by Aaron Kali Hyatt alarmed those who saw it on Facebook.
“BOLO (Be on Lookout) for this truck (pictured) that just attempted to lure and abduct my daughter from the Walgreens at corner of Westgate & 84. Please be on lookout and call myself or police if see!”
“This is blatantly false,” said Benny, who told News 4 officers investigated and closely reviewed surveillance video before concluding the allegations are unfounded.
However, the young woman’s parents accused police of overlooking the entirety of the matters.
“It most definitely did occur! Obviously, since she was not physically attacked, there was no “crime” committed in the DPD eyes. Seems it’s never serious or “occured” until it’s too late,” said a family statement to News 4.
According to Chief Benny, the post was edited several times, each with variations.
He said evidence revealed a man traveling in a truck with a Tennessee tag appeared to put something in a trash can at Walgreens and had a very brief verbal interaction with the 21-year-old woman as he returned to his pickup.
Nothing indicated he had criminal intent, per the chief.
“It’s just not true that an attempted abduction occurred,” Benny said, expressing concerns about the reaction from those who the post alarmed.
Public records indicate Arron Kali Hyatt are two people who live on a Headland address.
This story has been updated to reflect family’s statement.
Subscribe to our News 4 newsletter and receive the latest local news and weather straight to your email every morning. Get instant notifications on top stories from News 4 by downloading our mobile apps.
Copyright 2023 WTVY. All rights reserved.