Child abduction hoax at Washington playground triggers outrage

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This staged child abduction at a Washington state park triggered outrage from onlookers in April 2014. (Photo: CNN / KCPQ)

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SEQUIM, Wash. — Masked men in a van rolled up on a park in Washington state. One of them jumped out, snatched a toddler and sprinted off. The whole episode was caught on camera — and that, the pranksters say, was the point.

A whole host of onlookers weren’t laughing. In fact, many of them were horrified, shaking and bawling.

Minutes after the incident, twin brothers Jeremy and Jason Holden returned to the playground in Sequim, showed their faces and admitted that the whole thing was a hoax.

The pranksters said they were shooting a child predator awareness video.

Police say that because the brothers had permission from the boy’s mom to conduct the stunt, charges are unlikely. That doesn’t mean they condone their actions.

“There’s no law against stupid,” Sequim Police Chief Bill Dickinson.

In a statement made to KCPQ, Jeremy Holden said that the brothers “regret doing it,” and that they “didn’t expect people to get that upset about it.”

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