WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A West Fargo mom worries about her teen daughter after a stranger left a troubling note on the windshield of her car. She posted the note to Nextdoor to warn her neighbors. We asked police what to do in this situation.
"It was a note toward my daughter and her friend that have been using my car," the West Fargo mother of four, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
The note reads: "Wow the both of you are so sexy…you should look an older guy up if the two of you want to play.”
"I thought it was a joke,” the mom said, “maybe with one of their friends—until I brought it to them and they were scared."
The mother, who’s from the Eagle Run area, notified her neighbors on Nextdoor.
"Hoping maybe it would scare the person or make everybody more aware," she said.
She sent the note to the West Fargo Police Department. We spoke with the department’s assistant chief, Jerry Boyer, about what to do in a situation like this.
"Most important thing to do would be to call the police right away,” he said, “and make sure a report gets filed so we can do some follow-up investigation on what's going on."
Boyer says he understands people want to jump right on social media to notify the public—and notes it’s okay to follow up with a news story, since it’s already out there. But Boyer says the best thing to do is go straight to police before posting anything, so police can first investigate in secret.
On the note, the writer also leaves a Snapchat account.
"A way for them to get ahold of him,” the West Fargo mom said. “And that was really scary, because he's not afraid."
"Obviously any profile that is left with a name on it would be very helpful and that information would be useful as a department to try to investigate," Boyer said.
Though Boyer says it's easy to create a fake account.
"Any time that there's a Snapchat handle or something that's left out on site, you never know exactly who that is," he said.
Now, the mom of four just wants her youngest daughter to have fun, as she says she should at her age.
"She is very scared,” she said. “She is carrying mace now. She enjoys rollerblading around the neighborhood; she has not left the house hardly at all."
Boyer says with the nicer weather, a lot of us are out exercising. He says it's always best to change up your route, so a stranger won’t know your routine and know where to find you. Boyer also advises going out with a friend, or at least notifying someone when you leave and when you expect to return.