Plainfield police on online threats: ‘We won’t quit till it’s over’

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. (December 21, 2015) - Plainfield police continue to investigate threats made on social media.

Threats posted online over the weekend prompted extra security at a shopping plaza and movie theater. Police said they are working with mall security using undisclosed patrolling tactics to keep shoppers and businesses safe. Outside agencies are also working in Plainfield to provide more patrols.

The FBI is the lead investigatory agency and Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is assisting. When asked if Plainfield police needed additional help, the response was, "I don't know."

Police said they are unable to give away many details of the investigation, but they continue to monitor social media and are aware of any posts made by the suspect. Capt. Jill Lees said this situation is unlike any other investigation, due mainly to the continued threats on social media.

"The urgency of the situation and how it’s affecting local schools and businesses in town. We’ve had cold cases in the past, we’ve have major incidents in the past. Those were short lived or they continued to be investigated without people bringing it back into our attention as in this case," said Lees.

Many in the community question Plainfield police's ability to handle the investigation. Lees is asking for the public's patience.

“It’s a slow, tedious process and I know a lot of times people think we can just solve things within a few hours or a day or two, but it is just taking a little bit longer in regards to what they need to investigate," she explained.

Police said they are getting inundated with Facebook messages about the threats. Police are asking people to call the non-emergency line at 317-839-8700 to provide tips. They encourage residents to report suspicious activity, but are asking people with specific information about the case to come forward as well.

"We obviously need help from people that know what’s going on," Lees said. "That’s a major key, if somebody knows what clue or aspect would help solve this quicker."

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