Sequim park-goers stunned by staged child abduction
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In this image from the video, a Carrie Blake Park patron speaks her mind to the would-be abductors.

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — At least two unidentified adults staged the kidnapping of their young child and filmed it over the weekend, terrifying onlookers as they snatched the boy from Carrie Blake Park and sped off in a van.

It was all reportedly to raise “kidnapping awareness.”

A couple called the Sequim Police Department minutes before the incident to say they were going to fake their child's abduction to make a video on “kidnapping awareness for parents to watch” and post it on the Internet site YouTube, Police Sgt. Dave Campbell said in a report.

The perpetrators of the fake abduction have not been arrested because no “identifiable crime” was committed, Sequim Police Chief Bill Dickinson said Monday, adding that police continue to investigate.

He did not have the names of the alleged perpetrators.

“The actors [later] advised officers this was not a wise move, and that they were fortunate there was not an armed off-duty officer or an armed citizen who misinterpreted what they were doing,” Dickinson said.

Eyewitness Tiffany Barnett of Sequim said adults were talking among themselves and watching children in a park play area at roughly 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a silver minivan pulled up with two men inside.

One, wearing what looked like a Halloween mask, jumped out, scooped up a 3- or 4-year-old boy and ran back into the van, which sped off.

Police said it was the boy's father.

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Last modified: April 14. 2014 6:35PM
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