Berkley police: Child’s note a prank

Tom Greenwood and Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Berkley — Police say a “help me please” note left by a boy at a popular restaurant Monday was a prank.

Police said the 8-year-old left the note on a counter at Alex’s at 12 Mile and Coolidge on Monday as part of a game with his friends called “Cops and Robbers.”

Wait staff at the eatery found the note about 1:30 p.m. and notified police.

A security camera at the restaurant captured an image of the boy glancing back over his shoulder as he surreptitiously wrote the note on the counter top.

The boy’s father called the Berkley Public Safety Department on Tuesday morning, confirmed the boy’s identity and provided information about adults seen in the video footage with the boy.

Officers interviewed the boy and his family, and the child said the note was part of the game and he did not mean to cause alarm.

“It is important we take these matters seriously to ensure the safety of residents and visitors in our city,” public safety director Richard Eshman said in a statement. “This type of ending is the best case scenario for any incident involving a child.”

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