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Fake child abduction video causes scare

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SEQUIM, Wash. (WHDH) - A violent child abduction in a quiet park playground had people terrified until the van came back moments later. The people inside said they were making an educational video on child abductions, and the child's mother was in on the incident.

"A van pulls up and a guy jumps out with what I thought was a Halloween mask - it's more like a ski mask - and races up to a little boy and scoops him up, runs back, and jumps in the van, takes off," said Tiffany Barnett.

"Everyone started calling 911, there were a bunch of kids freaking out and parents freaking out," said Rebekah Asin, who witnessed the situation.

When the van came back, brothers Jeremy and Jason Holden said they were making the video for kidnapping awareness.

"They were saying it's for kidnapping awareness to show how easy it is to do something like this, but I didn't see them apologize to anybody or say sorry we went too far," said Asin.

"A research project? It was a huge slap in the face," said Barnett.

The Holden brothers have a YouTube page where they post pranks. Some are harmless, and others include fake store robberies and kidnappings to get public reaction.

Jeremy Holden reportedly said the child abduction video was not a prank and that it was done to educate the public, but he also said they "regret doing it," and "didn't expect people to get that upset about it."

"There's no law against stupid," said Sequim's police chief.

The police are investigating and the chief said such pranks were dangerous. He also said the twins risked getting shot by the police or a member of the public.

"Based on what they're seeing, they can believe a crime is taking place, serious crime taking place, that they would have been justified," he said.

Parents said they hoped the brothers would think twice about the videos they make.

"It was appalling for them to put people through this. Everybody that's here at the park with their kids, trying to enjoy a sunny afternoon and scared the crud out of them," Barnett said.

Part of the video was posted online, but they took it down after receiving threatening emails. They said they plan to repost it once they have finished editing and maintain they produced the video for educational purposes.
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