Woman who claims her baby was almost abducted meets with Hereford police

Hereford police seeking woman who claims her baby was almost abducted

HEREFORD, TX (KFDA) - A woman who claimed her baby was the victim of a near-abduction at a Hereford Walmart met with officers on Wednesday evening to clear up the incident, along with two arrest warrants.

According to the Deaf Smith County Crime Stoppers, 19-year-old Anna Lisa Villarreal posted on social media about her baby being a victim of a near-abduction, but never contacted police about the incident.

Officials watched the Walmart security camera footage and interviewed employees Villarreal made contact with, but found no evidence to support her claims.

Woman who claims her baby was almost abducted meets with Hereford police

Investigators made attempts to speak with Villarreal on February 7, but said she did not show up for an appointment to speak with officers and was not found at her home.

Police later learned that Villarreal had two outstanding warrants, stating that Villarreal had a previous criminal trespass warning in effect from the Hereford Walmart.

On Wednesday afternoon, Villarreal went to City Hall to clear up two municipal arrest warrants, then met with police officers.

Regarding the incident, Hereford Police Chief Brent Harrison said, “After careful review of the video, Ms. Villarreal states that although she felt a man was attempting to abduct her child at the time, that perhaps now this may not have been the case.”

Officials said they hope to close the case soon.

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