Turlock police: Man knocking on doors, asking parents for kids’ DNA

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Concerned mothers have been posting on social media about a man who has been knocking on their doors, asking for their children’s DNA.

Lauren Hassett said she found a strange man on the other side of her back gate last Wednesday in Turlock.

“He said he was with Amber Alert. That he needed to finish a DNA file on her that needed fingerprints and five strands of her hair. He was very specific on the five strands,” Hassett told FOX40.

She said the man also asked for her daughter by a code name the girl only uses online.

“Immediately I just was like, ‘This is not right, not at all,'” Hassett said.

Since Hassett said she shares an Apple ID with her 13-year-old and monitors all her activity, she said she knows her daughter did not give out her home address.

She told FOX40 she ordered the man off her property and reported the encounter to police.

Later, she said she was stunned to see other mothers posting pictures of the same man who came to her home, complaining of a similar scenario to the one that frightened her.

Comments on one post pointed to around five other families between Turlock and Hilmar who claimed to have had the same kind of encounter. One of the families even let the man inside their house at first.

The Turlock Police Department said Tuesday that officers spoke with the man and confirmed he works for a legitimate business, but that “the manner in which the information was relayed led to some misunderstanding and concern among the residents that he contacted.”

“His contacts stemmed from word of mouth referrals and from online requests for free child DNA kits. The involved adult male was passing out child DNA kits, which would be retained by the family, in the event it was ever needed for future investigations,” a news release from the police department read. “He was not asking to retain the child DNA kits himself.”

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