Brothers charged for 'scaring the hell out of people' in fake kidnapping in Washington state

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Twin brothers who staged the fake kidnapping of their 4-year-old nephew at a Sequim (skwim), Washington, park were charged Monday with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Previously City Attorney Craig Ritchie said "scaring the hell out of people is not a crime." But he reconsidered after reading the police report about the April 13 incident that alarmed onlookers at Carrie Blake Park.

He told the Peninsula Daily News ( the charge is justified by the number of people who were frightened and disturbed when men in ski masks grabbed the boy and drove off in a van.

The 25-year-old brothers, Jason and Jeremy Holden, said they were making a video to promote child abduction awareness.

The incident drew national attention and the brothers apologized April 16 on NBC's "Today" show.


Information from: Peninsula Daily News,