An e-mail is circulating among Hesperians warning that a rapist is on the loose in the city, and includes an attached picture.


The picture is actually of convicted 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. The French-born Al-Qaeda terrorist has been in the ADX Florence supermax prison in Colorado since 2006.


"If you receive this e-mail, be aware that this appears to be a hoax," San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Roxanne Walker said in a press release issued Friday morning.


"I don't know why somebody would do this," said Walker. "Who knows how people think?"


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