A local 17-year-old girl on May 26 released her cell phone video of a stranger harassing her and threatening to report her to immigration authorities.
This confrontation occurred while she sat in her parked car at Laguna Community Park’s parking lot. She refused his orders to leave and she contacted the police.
Her video, which was posted on Twitter and Instagram, ended before showing the incident’s conclusion. The unknown man reportedly left before the Elk Grove police arrived.
The girl later posted her video on the Internet and it soon drew national news coverage.
Elk Grove police officers investigated the case but did not find evidence that a crime was committed.
“With that being said, his behavior was appalling,” Elk Grove police spokesperson Jason Jimenez said. “We have been in contact with the (girl’s) family.”
Local parks provider, the Cosumnes Community Services District staff condemned the incident.
“We are deeply saddened by the appalling behavior that occurred in Elk Grove and in one of our public spaces,” they said in a statement posted on Facebook.
One of the girl’s relatives did not respond to the Citizen for comment, as of press time.
During the incident, the stranger first reportedly asked her if she was an Uber driver. When she said no, he then started ranting and cursing at her. He stood near her passenger side while holding a soda can.
“We’re not going to take this anymore, so you need to take your (expletive deleted) car and get the (expletive deleted) out of here,” he said in the video.
He also accused the girl of not being a U.S. citizen and he claimed that she was keeping a parking space way from a U.S. citizen for use. The stranger also threatened to report her to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities as well as demanding her to prove her citizenship.
Jimenez encourages people to call the authorities if they find themselves in such a confrontation.
“We would encourage people who find themselves in similar situations to call their local law enforcement agency so the situation can be stabilized, and additional information can be obtained like whether or not the person is under the influence of narcotics or alcohol and are there any mental health issues present as well,” he said.