Two teenagers have been booked in Forsyth County jail and are facing felony charges for faking kidnapping in an attempt to gain more YouTube followers.
In announcing the incident on its Facebook page, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), said that the they received multiple 911 calls on July 3rd 2019 from concerned citizens at a shopping centre in Georgia, United States of America, in reference to a female being possibly abducted.
“The female was reported yelling for help and tied up with a covering over her head inside of a Chevrolet Tahoe or similar SUV, ” the message posted of Facebook by FCSO noted.
According to FCSO,
“Over half the entire contingent of Deputies in South Forsyth responded to intercept this Tahoe with a reported victim.”
“Deputies were travelling in emergency modes with lights and siren trying to render help to this alleged victim, such driving is not without risk to the public and deputies.”FCSO statement of the teen who allegedly faked her own kidnap.
Initial investigation revealed that Mr. Kratzer and Ms. Coleman – the kidnapper and the kidnapped respectively- were filming a kidnapping prank for a Youtube channel video in order to gain more followers.
The statement further noted that evidence suggested that the prank raised false alarm among members of the public thus creating “apprehension and panic that caused members of the public to feel unsafe and to report it to law enforcement.”
“If you want to create a social media following, I would strongly dissuade you from this stupidity, good armed citizens might have been justified in using force to stop what they legitimately believed was a kidnapping. Committing a criminal act for social media likes will get you arrested in Forsyth County, that’s not the kind of attention most people want to have”, said Sheriff Freeman.