RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) - Almost everyone has a Facebook story of a bizarre friend request or about someone who just keeps sending you messages. So at what point is it time to call police?
A Rio Rancho woman recently reached that point when a Facebook “friend” just wouldn't go away after several unwanted messages turned alarming.
Police say the messages came several months between when the victim accepted the “friend request” and some of the messages hit way to close to home.
“These messages became very numerous,” said Sgt. Nicholas Onken, a spokesman for the Rio Rancho Police Department.
According to the police report, the victim got 14 messages, all from the same random woman. Police say one of the messages showed a picture of the victim’s old house in Corrales.
“Messages from that person stating that the two at one time had lived at the same residence,” said Onken said.
Police say the random person told the victim that she now lived in the Corrales house where the victim once lived and wanted to forward mail to her. But that was enough for the victim to call police.
Officers say they're dealing with so-called “Facebook harassment” more often.
“It's just as technology evolves, people tend to use it both as a convenience as well as a way to bother other people,” said Sgt. Onken
While to some it might seem petty to report some unwanted “Facebooking” to authorities, police say better safe than sorry.
“Without that kind of information, we don't know what's going on and it may lead to something much larger than it appears,” said Onken. “It's the call about someone being suspicious walking down the street who doesn't seem to belong in that neighborhood that has blown open case after case of burglaries, drug dealing, much larger things than what is initially being reported to us.”
Police say in this case, the victim told the person sending the messages to stop all future contact. She also told police that she didn't want to press charges unless the messages kept coming. Police say they haven't heard of any other messages since.
KRQE News 13 tried to track down the woman accused of sending the messages to get an idea of what she was thinking, but she didn't respond.
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