Authorities in East Moline say they found around a dozen razor blades glued to playground equipment this afternoon at Millennium Park on Archer Drive in East Moline. Police say a two-year-old child was injured with a cut on his hand.
“I’ve seen a lot of things, but not razor blades glued to equipment at a park,” said Lieutenant Brian Foltz, who has been with the East Moline Police Department for almost 20 years.
About a dozen razors were found on the monkey bars, a slide and on the ground, all connected with a putty-like substance.
He says police responded to Millennium Park at around 12:45 PM.
“East Moline parks are safe, but it’s just a bad situation, bad instance where somebody, or maybe a group of kids, I don’t know who did this, but figured this would be a fun prank to do,” he said.
The boy’s father treated him at home, and went with police to the park, where they say they found and removed around a dozen razor blades glued onto park equipment with a white, putty-like substance. The evidence remains visible.
Parents say they’re surprised to see this kind of vandalism.
“It’s something I can look out for now, if ever I’m here,” Ty Langley said. “We just kind of think about them swinging on the swing set or, you know, climbing the monkey bars. Don’t really think about razor blades.”
Police say they’re investigating the incident. They went back to Millennium Park at around 5 PM, double-checking the scene. They say they also looked at the rest of East Moline’s parks.
“We wanted to check out, just to make sure, and so far, we have not found anything else in any of the parks.”
Police say there have been other vandalism-type incidents recently, and are asking neighbors to keep an eye out for anything unusual at area parks. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
The kid was taken home and parents treated their cuts. There are no suspects right now. There have been vandalism incidents at the park in the past year but nothing like this. We’ll continue to update as the story developed