Woman stuffed in trunk in Forest Lake Walmart parking lot before car drives off [VIDEO] [UPDATE]
A still from the security footage (watch the video below).
-- Original post published at noon on July 8; update at bottom --
Around 8:30 p.m. last night, surveillance footage captured a vehicle pulling into the parking lot of the Walmart in Forest Lake and stopping just in front of the store's entrance. The trunk opened.
Seconds later, a woman came running out of the passenger door. Another person (witnesses say it was a woman) followed quickly behind her, and was able to the apprehend the fleeing woman about 20 feet from the vehicle. Arms around her waist, the woman escorted the escapee back to the vehicle. She then roughly threw her in the trunk, slammed it, jumped back in the vehicle, and the car sped off before witnesses could do anything about it.
Here, via KSTP, is footage of the incident:
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the people in the video. The car involved is a 2005 to 2012 dark-colored Kia or similar vehicle with out-of-state plates. Anyone with information is asked to call 651-209-9911.
:::: UPDATE ::::
Forest Lake police announced this afternoon that yesterday's incident was a prank.
KSTP's Naomi Pescovitz and the Strib's Jim Anderson broke the news with the following tweets:
Forest Lake Police say Walmart kidnapping prank involved 4 sisters. Cost department at least $7,500, not including other departments.-- Naomi Pescovitz (@NaomiPescovitz) July 8, 2013
Forest lake video abduction a hoax; one juvenile, 3 adults in custody after mom turns them in, police say.-- Jim Anderson (@StribJAnderson) July 8, 2013
Another tidbit comes via KARE 11's Cassie Bonstrom:
Forest Lake "kidnapping" incident is a prank. The mother of one of the teens involved called police to let them know it was fake...-- Cassie Bonstrom (@clbonstrom) July 8, 2013
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