Louisville police: Teenager started 'Purge' rumors


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Louisville Police say they're now investigating a teenager accused of starting "Purge" rumors in the city.

Police also say they did not see a higher crime rate around Louisville Friday night. They did, however, receive a high number of anonymous tips, most of which turned out to be unfounded.

A flier for a proposed "Purge" in Louisville got the attention of the FBI, local police departments, and even Jefferson County Public Schools.

In the movie "The Purge" and its sequel everyone in the nation is allowed to commit any crime for 12 hours with no ramifications.

The horror movie has been hit at the box office but recently a flier about a purge that's coming to the Louisville area Friday evening has become a real nightmare.

People on WKYT's Facebook page are asking if it's a hoax or something they should legitimately be concerned about while in Louisville.

The reaction is so large that police have gotten involved.

"Due to circumstances that have trended nationally in regards to flash mob violence, in light of what occurred this past spring here, we realize that these things can occur in an instance," said Louisville Police Sgt. Phil Russell.

While police aren't being specific on their tactics this weekend, a new 28 camera system put in place after the mob violence last spring is something police will use to monitor any suspicious activity.

They have already said they planned to increase patrols because of the state fair which is taking place over the weekend.

Jefferson County Public Schools released a statement saying they are aware of the situation and are cooperating fully with law enforcement and will act accordingly.

Simon Kenton High School in Independence postponed a scrimmage at St. Xavier High School in Louisville Friday night because of the threats. It will now be played at Simon Kenton on Saturday morning.

Jeffersonville Indiana Police and the FBI have also released statements saying they are aware of the threat.