3 apologize for kidnapping hoax

An investigation into a possible kidnapping Saturday in Delta revealed that it was nothing more than a prank staged by several juveniles, the Delta Police Department said.

At 9:15 p.m. Saturday, officers were called to the Delta Wal-Mart, 37 Stanford Lane, on a report that a woman was carried from inside the store by two men wearing ski masks and black tank tops.

At that time, witnesses inside the store told investigators that the woman appeared to have been laughing during the abduction, Cmdr. Jesse Cox said Sunday.

However, a witness outside Wal-Mart told investigators that a woman appeared to have really been kidnapped.

The Police Department treated the incident as a real kidnapping, using video surveillance to figure out who the woman was and learn more about the white truck used in the incident, Cox said.

The juvenile girl who was carried from the store was found unharmed Sunday.

A short time later, several juvenile boys were implicated in the incident.

The girl and boys confessed that the fake kidnapping was “a staged prank,” a news release from the Police Department said.

The youths apologized to the Police Department and the city of Delta for their actions.

After meeting with the parents of each juvenile, officers decided not to press criminal charges against any of the youth, the release said.


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