UT police, FBI investigate anonymous calls claiming to kidnap UT students

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 14 at 6:30 PM

AUSTIN --- Campus police at the University of Texas in Austin are sending out an alert to parents of UT students about anonymous phone calls claiming to have kidnapped their son or daughter.

Sgt. Charles Bonnet of UTPD told KVUE News that he doesn’t believe UT parents are being targeted because in the past month and a half officers have only heard from two different parents.
In each of the two cases, a person with an accent has called demanding a small amount of money be transferred into an out of the country bank account.
 
“In one case it was a $1000, so the kind of amount where if you were a parent and you were scared and for whatever reason you couldn't get a hold of your son or daughter right away, that's the kind of money somebody might be able to put their hands on quickly without necessarily going to get a loan,” Bonnet said.
 
Neither detectives nor representatives with Texas Parents know where or how the callers are getting the telephone numbers of UT parents. However, UT police are hoping that any other parents getting the calls will take good notes and ask good questions.
 
“Any information that they can get from the callers as far as where the money should go? Asking questions 'well how do I know you have my son or daughter?'" Bonnet said. "Any sort of information that they can get and provide to law enforcement, even if they think it's trivial at the time, may end up helping us put this case together."
 
Agents with the FBI are assisting UTPD in the investigation.

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