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Prosecutor: No charges in fake Wash. abduction

SEQUIM, Wash. – A prosecutor in Sequim, Wash., says no charges will be filed against twin brothers who say they’re responsible for staging a fake child abduction in a park that terrified onlookers who thought it was real.

City Attorney Craig Ritchie tells the Peninsula Daily News that, in his words, “Scaring the hell out of people is not, as far as I can determine, a crime.”

Brothers Jason and Jeremy Holden say they were the two masked men who grabbed a young boy from a park bench last Saturday and sped off in a van. Jason Holden says they staged and recorded the incident to create a video on child abduction awareness.

After seeing the fear of those in the park, he says, “We weren’t happy about that at all.”

The prosecutor says city codes don’t require permits for filming and a dangerous conduct charge would be tough to pursue since nobody was hurt.

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