New leads in Lakebottom Park razor blade scare

Published: May. 12, 2010 at 10:15 PM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2010 at 12:49 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  On the streets and in the parks, Columbus Police officers are out in force, looking for anything that may lead them to whoever is behind the razor blade scare at Lakebottom Park.

A Columbus mother found several blades taped to parts of the popular playground Tuesday morning when she took her child to the park.

Police say nine razor blades had been intentionally taped to several places like the slide and others where children would innocently put their hands.

Officials in the Columbus Police Department told WTVM Wednesday they are working to identify fingerprints found on the blades and tape.

According to police, the prints do not match those of the woman that reported finding them.

Lieutenant Bruce Whitehead oversees the Department's Youth Services Division that is handling the investigation. He says several leads have also surfaced

"We received some information of an individual that was in the park the night before. We're checking on that individual now as we speak. My investigators are out trying to locate him as well as the individual that called it in to get a statement from him. Also, we have another person of interest we're checking in to that was seen in a vehicle around the park trying to see what he was up to also," Whitehead explained.

"We're on the look out for any individual that could have been in that park or could be suspicious in nature. It could be an individual that just blends in that nobody pays a lot of attention to. We feel like the individual that has done this has probably told someone or other people could have knowledge of what he's done," added Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren.

Police say so far, the playground sabotage at Lakebottom is an isolated incident.

"These are the things that you hear and you see that happen in other places and not Columbus, Georgia and we're going to do everything within our power to make sure that this individual is taken off the street in Columbus, Georgia," the Chief said.

Police officials are asking parents to be cautious and check all playground equipment before their children use it, including parks in neighborhoods that are not owned by the city or school district.

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