Police said that a social media post circulating about an attempted kidnapping at a Libertyville gas station was actually a woman experiencing a mental crisis, and that no one actually tried to kidnap her.
“The Libertyville Police Department has become aware of a widespread Facebook post regarding an incident that occurred in the Village on Saturday night,” officials said.
“While we’re certain the post was well intentioned, it does contain some inaccurate information that we want to correct and clarify.”
Libertyville police officers were called at 11:55 p.m. on Saturday to the Shell gas station, 2070 Shell Drive in Libertyville, which is near Route 45 and Peterson Road.
Authorities said they received a 911 call about a female who said that two men posing as police officers tried to kidnap her.
No one tried to kidnap the woman and it was determined she was having a mental crisis, Libertyville Police Sgt. Jeff Stolzenburg told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Paramedics were called to the scene and the woman was treated for minor cuts and abrasions which she got from walking in nearby brush along the road.
She was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville for further evaluation and treatment.
“At no time was there a belief that this may have been an attempted “sex trafficking kidnapping” incident,” officials said, referring to the social media rumor.