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BPD debunks social media posts warning of muggers, saying events took place in 2017

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 18:41:10-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department is debunking a post that has been circulating social media, reporting that the events in the post happened back in 2017.

According to BPD, they've received reports of information circulating social media about women being mugged by two men in a Mercedes.

BPD said the events depicted in a screenshot of the social media post happened in late 2017 and the suspects were arrested.

At this time, BPD said they have no recent reports of these crimes taking place in Bakersfield; however, if anyone has been the victim or witness of this more recently, you can call BPD at (661) 327-7111.

BPD also offered the following tips to ensure your safety:

  • Always be alert and aware of the people around you.
  • Make eye contact with people when walking.
  • Do not use or wear anything that will impede your vision or hearing (i.e. AirPods).
  • Have your car keys in your hand so you don't have to linger before entering your car.

BPD said if you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or a police or sheriff station. If you are at a shopping center, ask a store security guard or manager to escort you to your vehicle if you feel uncomfortable.