Horror icon ‘Chucky’ featured in mistaken Amber Alert
The Texas Dept. of Public Safety apologized for the confusion and says it’s “working to ensure this does not happen again”
By Taylor Pettaway
San Antonio Express-News
SAN ANTONIO — Move over Leatherface, Texas apparently has a new serial killer to look out for after an Amber Alert was issued for the murderous doll Chucky.
The Texas Department of Public Safety made international news last Friday after accidentally issuing an Amber Alert test for Chucky and his son Glen Ray.
A DPS spokesperson said the alert was a test malfunction and issued an apology “for the confusion this may have caused,” adding they are “diligently working to ensure this does not happen again.”
Chucky, the star of the slasher flick franchise “Child’s Play,” was listed as the suspect with a description that fit the fictional 3-foot tall killer, multiple news outlets reported. Weighing only 16 pounds, officials were supposedly looking for a man with red or auburn hair and blue eyes wearing blue denim overalls with a striped shirt and wielding a kitchen knife. His race was listed as “Other: Doll.”
The two were last seen on Jan. 28 in Henderson, Texas, according to the mistaken Amber Alert.
The alert was sent out three times to Texas Alerts System subscribers via email, warning them to also be on the lookout for 5-year-old Glen Ray.
Amber Alerts are used to issue warnings to the public about serious child abductions in hopes of providing leads for law enforcement. The alert was first created in 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman of Arlington went missing while riding her bike.
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