Stag kidnapping prank too real

A bachelor party kidnapping prank in Langford prompted a police response last weekend.

A bachelor party kidnapping prank in Langford prompted a police response last weekend.

At around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, witnesses reported to West Shore RCMP that four men in balaclavas placed a paper bag over the head of a fifth male and placed him in a rental vehicle. They drove off from the Goldstream Station plaza toward Jacklin Road.

RCMP started hunting for the vehicle and at one point pulled over a uninvolved rental car on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Officers eventually learned the kidnapping was a stag party stunt.

Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz said officers located the men involved “through good old fashioned police work.” Four RCMP investigators were involved before the incident was known to be a prank. Witnesses were concerned someone was being violently abducted, Rochlitz said.

“All the individuals involved apologized and understood the ripple effect of what they did,” Rochlitz said. “We want to remind the public we take these things seriously, we assume they are legitimate until proven otherwise.”


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