Forest Lake Police have determined that the car-trunk kidnapping incident at Walmart to be a prank.
On July 8, the Forest Lake Police Department received a call from a mother of one of the juveniles involved in the Walmart incident, a news release from the Forest Lake Police Department reads. The mother stated that the children had performed a prank while out in front of the Walmart store on the evening of July 7.
Police interviewed those involved, found video evidence on their phones, and have determined the suspicious situation to be nothing more than an attempt at a prank.
"The Forest Lake Police Department takes the safety of the citizens as its highest priority, and took every step to ensure we had done all that we could to close this case with a successful ending," Forest Lake Police Captain Greg Weiss said. "Many hours were put into the investigation of this case and charges or referrals may be requested on those involved."
Forest Lake police thanked the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Walmart, and members of the media for their assistance and cooperation.
Gripping store video from the Forest Lake Walmart Sunday evening seems to show female kidnap victim escape from a car trunk then get chased down by a male captor and forced back into the trunk.
Now Forest Lake police are asking the public for any information about the incident:
On Sunday, July 7th 2013, at 8:30 p.m. the Forest Lake Police Department was called to the Wal-Mart store at 200 12th Street S.W. on a report of a possible kidnapping. Officers arrived and were told by the witness that they observed a dark colored vehicle park in front of the store, the trunk opened, and a female got out and ran to the south along the front of the store. The witness stated the front seat passenger got out and chased the female, caught up to her, and put her back in the trunk. The vehicle left at a high rate of speed and could not be caught by the witness. This statement was confirmed by video in the parking lot.
The Forest Lake Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicle and occupants of the situation. We are looking for a 2005 to 2012 dark colored Kia or similar vehicle displaying a rear out of state plate.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Forest Lake Tip Line at 651-209-9911.