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     The police are not arresting her because they cannot arrest on the spot for misdemeanors which occur outside their presence. (CPC 836(a)(1)). So, the solution to this is to place her under citizens arrest and "summon aid" as you are entitled to do in 839. The "aid" which arrives can be citizens or police officers, who now CAN arrest her because they are acting as those you have summoned under 839. Pretty complicated! However, as you see, I was correct in my original advice; the only way to really get her arrested is quite complicated! Now, just because you can do this doesn't mean it's a good idea. You expose yourself to civil (not criminal) liability for the arrest if she is not found guilty. Oh no! I hope this answers your questions and concerns. --["Users/EdwardNiemand"]      The police are not arresting her because they cannot arrest on the spot for misdemeanors which occur outside their presence. (CPC 836(a)(1)). So, the solution to this is to place her under citizens arrest and "summon aid" as you are entitled to do in 839. The "aid" which arrives can be citizens or police officers, who now CAN arrest her because they are acting as those you have summoned under 839. Pretty complicated! However, as you see, I was correct in my original advice; the only way to really get her arrested is quite complicated! Now, just because you can do this doesn't mean it's a good idea. You expose yourself to liability for the arrest if she is not found guilty. Oh no! I hope this answers your questions and concerns. --["Users/EdwardNiemand"]

tcm.jpgSometimes people like Davis Wiki User Han Kim offer a variety of easy ways to make money.

Some people use fictional stories to take advantage of helpful people. Here are some local Con Artists, sorted by general types of confidence tricks. Be careful before adding people into this list, as there are genuine people in need.

    1. Crying Girl with a Train Schedule
      1. Experiences
  1. Interested Room-Seeker Con
    1. Strategies to help honest people
  2. Other Cons

Crying Girl with a Train Schedule

Sightings: Downtown corners, West Davis Nugget Market, Co-op, South Davis Safeway, U-Mall Bank of America, Target Parking Lot

Seen: March 2010

Scam: The "crying girl" is a particularly prolific and notorious scammer who has recently started victimizing citizens in Davis. She is a dark haired girl who has dyed her hair reddish blond who sometimes wears heavy, tear-smeared make-up and who is aged approximately 16 to 20. She frequents the downtown area during the evenings and grocery stores during the day. Her general approach is to stare into the middle distance while clutching a train schedule, and to appear to be on the verge of tears and/or sobbing while asking rhetorical questions to herself about the desperation of her situation to attract the attention of passersby. If she attracts someone's attention, she will proceed to cry and then alternate between one of two stories depending on the age and gender of her mark, one involving her mother stranding her in Davis and another involving her boyfriend dumping her and then stranding her in Davis. The amount requested for "train tickets" will generally be around $40 dollars, give or take a few dollars to lend legitimacy. Reportedly, she has also very recently begun telling people a new story wherein she purports to be homeless.

Note: If you see her roping someone in, be careful when warning the victims away. She has been known to follow people who do this for blocks, shouting at them and threatening them.

Example: [WWW]YouTube video of a news team following some panhandlers, including a “stranded” teenage girl. Some of these scamming panhandlers are relatively successful, estimated to earn up to $50/hr and may just be local kids/teenagers.

Experiences

So it would appear that I've talked to this girl... She said she was from San Diego and her mother stranded her, she needed 37 bucks for an amtrak ticket, but she already had the ticket slip which meant that she rode the train one way already. I was at an ATM at the time so I found it weird, things weren't adding up. She had just gotten off the phone and was crying as well. Funny now I see a page, Daubert


Tried to hit me up on the corner of 3rd and F. Had a female partner with her trying to get $35.00 for train fare to San Diego saying she had just recently been kicked out her home by her live-in Boyfriend. Sad really that this is somehow becoming a lifestyle for her and that she has somehow convinced her friend to help her do it now. Hair was reddish Blonde and her friend was brunette. Both appear to be aroun16 or 17 years old. —WesOne


2010-03-22 16:50:18   Oh No! I was at University Mall Bank of America ATM I think last month and was scammed $5 by this girl!!! She was crying (real tears I thought I saw) that "she and her boyfriend had a huge fight", she was chased out of the apartment and she needed $35 for a motel stay. I was with my kids so I didn't bother to offer any help beside the $5 :( Thanks so much for this page - this needs to go into the Enterprise and reported to the police!! —LeeY


2010-03-22 17:17:46   If one of you guys could post a better description, I would appreciate it. I only saw her once or twice in the dark. The only way to get this girl, I think, is to get scammed by her and then immediately place her under citizen's arrest and call the cops. The police are doing nothing. I can see that ending badly in many, many different ways, though. —EdwardNiemand


2010-03-22 22:46:56   She is targeting parents with kids too with her sob stories, yes - got another report from friend :( —LeeY

Interested Room-Seeker Con

This usually happens when someone leaves a posting online for a room that is available for rent. The con artist usually poses as a foreign student and contacts the poster about being interested in the room and then sends a check that is a certain amount over the requested amount for deposit, first month's rent, or any other possible costs involved in adding oneself to a lease. Then the con artist contacts the poster and asks for the extra money to be wired back (before the check bounces) in order to purchase plane tickets. Once the poster wires the money, the poster is out at least a thousand dollars or so. So those with an available room for rent, make sure the check clears before wiring money to anyone.

Strategies to help honest people

2010-03-22 13:53:53   I have found that the easiest way to tell if these people are legit is to offer them the specific help they ask for. If they say they need money for a train ticket, I offer to buy them a train ticket. If they say they need money for gas, I offer to pay for their gas. If they say they need money for food because they are starving, when I am coming out of the grocery store, I offer them a loaf of bread. They usually get indignant and try to come up with some lame excuse of why that won't help them. One guy who claimed to be starving actually turned down a loaf of bread. Anyway, in all of the time I have used this approach, I have only come across one person in need of what they were asking for. —DavidGrundler


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