Potential gas scammer targeting drivers in central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A Facebook post goes viral after dozens of people realize they may have fallen victim to the same scammer. After nearly 400 comments, we learned a man asking for help may be up to something more sinister.

It started with a Facebook post that has since been deleted. In the post, a woman warns about a man at a gas station, who asked her to fill up a five-gallon canister of gas.

She agreed and as she pumped the gas she said a young girl, who was sitting in the front seat of the man's car, went inside her car. The kid didn't get away with anything, but the whole thing certainly scared her.

Dozens of people shared similar stories on her post from over 20 gas stations across central Arkansas.

"He approached me and asked me if I would help him get some diapers for his daughter. This was about a year and a half ago," said one of the commenters, who didn't want to be identified.

She said she's been approached by the guy twice.

"I bought some diapers for him then about a month and a half ago, I was at the Kroger on Cantrell and he approached me and asked me if I would get him some gas," they recalled. "I told him, 'Well, I think I just helped you get some diapers for your daughter not too long ago.'" 

The man in question denied that it was him and he drove off. The commenter said that man's daughter then approached her car in "dirty pajamas," but didn't say anything.

A teacher, who also commented on the post, said a man also approached her as she was pumping gas, asking for help. She reluctantly agreed, and as she pumped gas for him, she turned around and the little girl with him had jumped into her car, climbed over her kids in the back seat, and was in the trunk rummaging through her things.

She got the kid out of the car, and the man drove off.

Police say they have seen the post, but no one has filed a police report yet.

"Just because someone asked for money, that would not warrant a detective covering that case," said Lieutenant Steve McClanahan with Little Rock Police Department.

Lt. McClanahan said if the guy is using the child to get into cars that's a different story.

"If something doesn't look right, or something looks suspicious or you think a child could be in danger, or in harm, you do need to call the police, so we can at least come out and investigate it" he said.

As our reporter Winnie Wright was filming a segment for our broadcast, a man driving a vehicle that matches a description by a gas station employee drove by slowly behind her. When she turned around, the man waved at her then threateningly circled around the parking lot for approximately three minutes. He then left, as Winnie called police.

If you or anyone you know has had an experience with this man or the child getting into your car, call Little Rock Police at (501) 371-4829.

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