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Facebook helps Swedish woman flee knife threat

David Landes · 15 Dec 2009, 12:14

Published: 15 Dec 2009 12:14 GMT+01:00

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According to a statement from police, several friends of the 23-year-old woman called police shortly after 1am to report that their friend was begging for help via Facebook.

The woman used the popular social networking site to report that she was being held against her will by a 27-year-old male acquaintance who was threatening her with a knife.

“She apparently didn’t have access to a telephone, but was able to use a computer to send out a call for help to her Facebook friends,” police spokesperson Thomas Fuxborg told the Göteborgs-Posten (GP) newspaper.

By the time police responded to the call, the woman had managed to escape from the apartment and was waiting outside with a friend. She told police, however, that the man who had threatened her remained upstairs in the apartment.

Police then arrested the man and confiscated a knife found in the apartment.

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David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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13:36 December 15, 2009 by MIK in Sweden
Brilliant use of Technology and opportunity.
14:09 December 15, 2009 by Osokin
I bet this isn't what happened, but accusing is free, and the burden of proof is on this guy now, guilty until proven innocent.
15:07 December 15, 2009 by mkvgtired
If the story she gave is correct, this was an ingenious way to get help. But Osokin I agree, why would he let her use a computer and not a phone?
15:55 December 15, 2009 by here for the summer
@osokin ..

I don't know what happened .. But why do you automatically assume the woman is lying ..
17:52 December 15, 2009 by Guest
many of the locales here know its true and who or which race is the guy but lets be silenced ..
18:39 December 15, 2009 by Osokin
I assume this story is unreal because of the knifepoint fantasy. Inspite of that, she writes a msg on her laptop then leaves the apartment unharmed, where the guy remains doing ... what ? Was it his place ? I am sure the police will see the whole picture clearer but false accusations should be taken more seriously by the law.
18:56 December 15, 2009 by Thompsuleme

what in the world do you mean?
21:03 December 15, 2009 by Michael84
@Thompsuleme : It shows he/she is nothing but a loser.
01:12 December 16, 2009 by leenux5030
Lolz , I don't know if its only me , this whole story doesn't makes sense .
08:09 December 16, 2009 by the pigeon hunter
leenux, it doesn t make sense to me either. if i am being held at knife point, someone is acutely threattening me with a knife. if that is the case then there is no chance for me to call/write an email/go on face book.

if on the other hand my knife point victim escapes (wasnt the point of the knife in the first place to stop her from doing just that - escaping?) then i do not linger at the scene of the crime but get my butt out of there.

sounds to me like another "artist" is trying to be smart.
09:50 December 16, 2009 by sanjeewapattiwila
Funny........... lol.. She didnt have the access to the phone but the internet.... Why she couldnt use an email ? or skype? or any other option rather than using FB?
17:57 December 18, 2009 by insect
Maybe Guest can tell us since he/she seems to know exactly what happened and who was involved.
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