Skip to main content

Forest Lake kidnapping prank could lead to charges, has precedents

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Forest Lake police say a possible kidnapping reported in front of a Walmart store on Sunday was a hoax.

Witness accounts and surveillance video showed a woman climbing out of a car trunk. Another woman then jumped out of the car, pushed her back into the trunk, and sped away.

Police tell KSTP the prank involved four sisters, one of them a juvenile and the other three adults. Their mother reportedly called police and told them the kidnapping was a hoax.

The incident occurred Sunday at 8:30 p.m., at the store at 200 12th St. SW, WCCO reported. Here's the surveillance video:

In addition to Forest Lake police, the Washington County sheriff's office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were all advised of the incident, KSTP reports. Police tell the station their department spent $7,500 on the investigation.

The incident bears similarities to other kidnapping hoaxes that were staged in front of Walmart stores in other states in recent years. Last year five teenagers, some of them wearing masks, staged a kidnapping in Pueblo, Colorado. And in 2009 a similar hoax was reported in Plano, Texas.

Next Up


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, January 27

Cases remain very high but hospitalizations have been plateaued for the past week.

state patrol

Minnesota state trooper injured at crash scene on I-35

The trooper was in his squad when another vehicle struck.

money hundred dollar bills

Charges: Man stole thousands from 3 Twin Cities banks

When he was arrested, police found a folding knife on him.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Here's what Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said in his first press conference

The 40-year-old former Wall Street trader originally wanted to be an economics professor.


Minnesota DFL to allow non-voters to participate in its caucuses

The party is holding its precinct caucuses this Tuesday.

T Kline Robbinsdale City Council

Council member offers first comments on DWI, fleeing police charges

Prosecutors say he was drunk while fleeing police on the wrong side of the highway.

Seventh Street Truck Park shooting, St. Paul

Charges: Man schemed to illegally buy gun used in Truck Park mass shooting

He's the second person to be charged in connection to the straw-purchasing scheme.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Walz announces $2 million to distribute KN95 masks in Minnesota

The announcement comes after federal officials have updated guidelines to recommend KN95 and N95 masks.

southwest light rail metro transit construction

Southwest LRT may now cost $2.75B, won't open until 2027

Met Council said last year it would open in 2023.

Aaron Rodgers

Broncos hiring Packers OC sparks speculation Rodgers could follow

What about both Rodgers and Davante Adams teaming up in Denver?

Minneapolis Fire Department

Fire tears through House of Charity building in Minneapolis

The charity serves hundreds of meals to those in need daily.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Here’s what the Vikings owners say about new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

The Vikings announced his hiring on Wednesday night.