Woman wearing ‘Purge’ mask taken to hospital after terrifying mother in parking lot
HIGH RIDGE, Missouri (KTVI) – A Missouri Sheriff’s Department received several calls about a woman acting strangely outside a post office last week.
One of the calls was from Taryn Hafeli, who said the woman started asking him questions after leaving the post office. Hafeli said her three-year-old was a little picky after not being able to pick up a sticker at the post office and as she walked out a woman approached her and her son.
“I saw her out of the corner of my eye and she said, with that weird voice, ‘Is your child okay?’ I say “Yes, he’s fine thank you”, and she said to me, “He doesn’t sound good, is your kid okay, what are you doing to your kid, is your kid okay? “”
She said at that point she did not make eye contact and walked straight to her car. The woman followed.
“I just knew my gut, something was wrong, and I opened my driver’s side door and put us both in and locked the doors immediately,” Hafeli said.
She said she strapped her son in the back and noticed the woman walking around her car looking at his license plate. Hafeli said she looked up and saw the woman wearing a black and green Halloween-style face mask, similar to the one in the Purge.
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“I started calling 911,” she said. “I took a picture of her, and she walked around my car and tried to open all the doors of my car trying to get in.”
Hafeli said she was unsure of her motive, but also noticed that another vehicle was trying to stop her from leaving.
Authorities said she wasn’t the only one calling 911.
“There have been a few calls from other citizens in the High Ridge area, calling us with concerns about this same person, saying she was just acting like a little out of the way,” Grant Bissell, coordinator of public safety information with the Jefferson County Sheriff. Department, said.
“They weren’t really saying she was ready for any sort of criminal activity, but just looked suspicious,”
Hafeli said she and her son were able to drive away, but said her son was unable to sleep through the night.
“I don’t want him to have to worry about that stuff, he’s three years old,” she said in tears.
MPs said the woman could have been going through a mental health episode or been under the influence. The deputies took her to a hospital in the area where she was assessed.
She could only be detained for up to 72 hours, which has already passed.
Hafeli said she had a message for other moms: “Make sure your environment is safe, watch, you know, watch everyone, keep your babies with you, don’t let them out of your sight. “
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