Since June 11th, 2021, the New Braunfels Police Department has been investigating claims that a man and a woman attempted to pick up two children from a summer camp at Fischer Park. The claim indicated that the pair had printed fake parent pickup forms and had waited in the car pickup line in an alleged effort to abduct the two children. Rightfully so, these claims have caused a lot of concern from the family involved and throughout the New Braunfels community, including from the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Police Department.
Following an exhaustive investigation by NBPD’s Criminal Investigation Division, to include examining video evidence from Fischer Park as well as numerous eyewitness statements, it has become clear to investigators that these claims, originally made by a camp counselor, are false and no such event occurred. It remains unclear why these claims were made, and that portion of the investigation remains ongoing. Meanwhile, the City of New Braunfels has taken steps to address this issue with the employee that made the initial claim, and that person is no longer employed by the City of New Braunfels.
“I want to assure the community that the City of New Braunfels has high standards for its employees, all of whom go through a rigorous vetting process prior to employment with the city, including background checks, interviews, and reference checks,” said New Braunfels City Manager Robert Camareno. “Parents should be assured that their children are in good hands at all of our facilities and camps.”
The New Braunfels Police Department would also like to take this opportunity to urge residents to be patient while investigators gather facts and evidence.
“NBPD takes all reports seriously and investigates thoroughly,” said New Braunfels Chief of Police Keith Lane. “While we appreciate the power social media has in informing the community of an active investigation, we want to caution residents about jumping to conclusions or sharing posts that do not come from official law enforcement sources. The outpouring of support and concern for a local family were impressive and indicative of the caring nature of this community, but please keep in mind that NBPD routinely posts information about ongoing investigations, criminal activity, and community alerts, and we urge residents to be patient while detectives conduct their investigation.”
NBPD would also like to remind all residents of New Braunfels to remain vigilant about their surroundings (whether at home, work, or school) and they are encouraged to call 911 (or the non-emergency number at 830-221-4100) whenever they see suspicious activity or behavior.