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Update: Car-Trunk Kidnapping in Forest Lake Walmart Determined to be a 'Prank'

A female kidnapping victim escaped from the trunk of a car Sunday before a man forced her back in, witness statement and store video suggest. Police are asking for the public's help.

Forest Lake Police
Forest Lake Police

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.

Original Post: 

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

Brenda Oseland July 08, 2013 at 02:13 PM
My daughter and I watched this twice. We don't think the person chasing her is male.
Jimmy July 08, 2013 at 02:23 PM
IMHO, the kidnap victim was never trained on self defense. A Law Enforcement trainer once said: "if a person has their eyeball embeded on someones fingernail they won't be concerned about attacking anyone".
Carolee 'Leonard' Pederson July 08, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Brenda, I thought the same thing too. I watched it about 4 times. I think it is a woman too. When "she" turns around after grabbing the victim. It seems like a woman's hips and movements there.
Julie Bartkey July 08, 2013 at 02:58 PM
I agree with Carolee and Brenda. The person putting the victim in the trunk appears to be female.. perhaps it's her child?
Luccy July 08, 2013 at 05:04 PM
I'm glad that the parent called the police to notify them that it was a prank. I hope they are punished, that "joke" was NOT funny.
Susan July 08, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Is it illegal in MN to ride in a trunk? This story sounds fishy, and I agree with those above saying it looks like a woman, not a man.
yomammy July 09, 2013 at 08:07 AM
cant ride in trunk?!?! how am I supposed to get into the drive-in?
Richard I. Pott III July 09, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Umm Woodbury PD will give you a ticket for no front license...🚔🚨
Susan August 03, 2013 at 09:42 AM
"Misdemeanor charges have been filed against the sisters involved in the phony kidnapping that happened outside of a Forest Lake Wal-Mart earlier this month, according to police. Witnesses said they watched a dark-colored vehicle parked in front of Wal-Mart at 200 12th Street S.W. at around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, according to Forest Lake police. The trunk was open and a woman got out, chased a 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 a witness. A day later, the mother of the girls involved called police to turn them in. The girl put in the trunk is a 13-year-old from Lynwood. The three other sisters involved are adults. One is from Forest Lake, one is from Tennessee and the other is from North Carolina. The adults will be charged with Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Assembly. The Driver will be charged with Reckless Driving. The juvenile suspect will face similar charges through the county attorney. Names will be not be released. Forest Lake police say many hours were put into the investigation and their department alone spent at least $7,500 on the investigation." http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3118276.shtml?cat=1
Richard I. Pott III August 03, 2013 at 10:11 AM
Geez.... Ya'll are fools.. This was a prank, a joke....did Walmart have a sign saying it was recording outside activities. I'd sue wal-mart!

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