2011-11-25 / Top Stories

Cops: Needle Nut Story Not True

By Howard Schwach

A story about a man who roams the west end, stabbing young women with syringes filled with heroin has been bouncing around the Internet, posted on Facebook walls and tweeted from one iPhone to another.

The story is frightening, and a number of women have contacted The Wave to find out what the police have done to stop the needle nut.

The fact is, as with many Internet and Facebook stories, the needle nut story is just not true.

“We heard the same rumor,” Captain Scott Olexa, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, emailed The Wave late last week. “It was supposedly spread on Facebook, but we don’t have reports of anything even remotely similar to what the Facebook pages are saying. We looked at all the reports, especially the family disputes reports to see if there was anything – anything that would be remotely similar. We came up empty.”

The question of the assaults came up again on Wednesday night, November 16, at the monthly 100 Precinct Community Council meeting.

At that meeting, Olexa called the story a “crazy rumor” that is not true and has no relation to any other report that the precinct has handled.

Olexa pointed out the danger of believing everything that appears on Facebook or other social media.

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