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Mechanicsburg police clarify firearms incident Monday afternoon

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After misinformation spread on social media regarding an incident Monday afternoon in Mechanicsburg, borough police on Tuesday clarified details of an argument, saying it did not involve an attempted child abduction.

Police said they were dispatched to the 200 block of South Arch Street at 3:28 p.m. Monday. Police learned that the incident started when a man approached two juveniles and offered them $20 to get a clothes hanger so that he can try to get into a vehicle he was locked out of.

Police specified that at no time were the juveniles asked to get into the vehicle.

The juveniles left the area, and one of them returned with a hanger and was offered the $20, according to police. The other juvenile’s father learned of the incident, came to the scene and “exchanged words” with the man.

Police said the man who requested the hanger then summoned a family member, who arrived in a truck and exchanged more words with the juvenile’s father before leaving. The family member, however, returned, and police said a firearm was displayed during the encounter, which prompted 911 calls.

Police said the incident was not a child abduction attempt and that at no time was the weapon pointed at or displayed toward the juveniles.

Police said both individuals involved were identified, and charges are pending. Police ask anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to contact them.

Police also ask that residents ensure information that is shared and posted to social media is vetted before passing it along, as well as talk to their children about interacting with people they do not know.

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