Kidnapping Hoax: But You Should Have Known That

You are shopping at the local K-Mart, when you see a struggle occur in the parking lot. 

Three young men, bind another man's hands, toss him into the trunk of a vehicle, and then flee the scene in the car. 

So, you do the right thing and call 911 to report a possible abduction. 

This could be the only information that authorities have in relation to a missing persons case.

Smart decision?   Reasonable decision?   Right?

Not according to nineteen-year old prankster Aaron Coutumas:
WHITEHALL, Pa., July 28 -- A Pennsylvania teenager says it should have been obvious (emphasis added)  to anyone that the YouTube stunt he and three pals filmed in a store parking lot was no kidnapping.

The four were pulled over by police in Whitehall during the weekend after a shopper called 911 to report a person being tied up and thrown into a car trunk in the parking lot of the local Kmart.

It turned out the alleged kidnappers and the kid in the trunk wrapped in plastic wrap were all on the same team and had been working out a stunt to be posted online.

"We were laughing the whole time," Aaron Coutumas, 19, of North Whitehall Township told The (Allentown) Morning Call. "I couldn't keep a straight face. I thought it was obvious we were goofing around."
Obvious huh.

Just because you and your friends were laughing during the incident, the public was supposed to understand that the kidnapping was not real? 

I hope Mr. Coutumas is told one important aspect about violent criminals: their behaviors can be unpredictable.

These folks may smile, laugh, sing, or exhibit other odd behaviors while committing crimes.

So, trying to blame the woman who called 911 for your troubles not only makes you look like more of an ignoramus to the world than you already do, but is not the best comment for a judge to read--you know, the one who will be presiding over the disorderly conduct charge that resulted from this incident.

This callous attitude offers evidence that you are not repentant for your reckless behavior that put a number of people's lives at risk.

The above article concludes with this:
...The Morning Call said Wednesday Coutumas and friends were the only ones laughing. The witness and police took the matter seriously, as did the boys' parents, who had to show up at the scene and claim their Internet auteurs.

"They weren't happy," Coutumas said. "No parent would be happy seeing their kids on the curb with seven cop cars around them."
Not only would no parent be happy after seeing their kid on the curb with police around them, but think about what mom and dad might have seen had they showed up earlier for the felony takedown of Coutmas and crew: I am sure it included multiple shotguns and handguns being pointed from close range at the jesters, our defendants eating pavement and being handcuffed, as well as a detailed search incident to the arrest.

No, all of that messiness would have made the parents much more "unhappy."


Herding Cats said...


passionofthemom said...

I heard about this!! Someone posted the article on FB...what a bunch of freaking twits. I hope they nail their little arses to the wall, so that perhaps the next bunch of little twerps who have mayhem in mind might think twice before perpetrating their dumbassery on an unsuspecting public.

LisaF said...

To me, it's a tragic statement of our culture when viewing a "kidnapping" on YouTube could be considered entertainment. So sad their videography skills couldn't be put to better use.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

That is insane! People had no idea of consequences any more!!!

Jackie said...

*sigh* I've said it before and i'll say it again there is a disconnect in the male brain from the age of about 15... to about 30.... (sometimes older... Just another prime example!


Stephanie Faris said...

Sheesh. The bad thing about what they did is, the more people do things like this, the less seriously REAL attacks will be taken. People will think, "Oh, they're just probably filming a YouTube video. There ought to be some law against things like that, just to prevent someone from mistaking a real crime for a "staged" one.

Nikole Hahn said...

I know people who do those things. Specifically, three young men were waving live rifles (unloaded...I think?) and one was dressed as a prisoner. They were a dozen shots of this as if two were officers and one was the escapee.

What is wrong with this?

Specifically, treating the guns as if they are toys when I know for certain the owner of said guns didn't teach them that.

It's scary how maturity nowadays is happening later and later in life for people. Fantasy and reality are blurring.

Crystal Escobar said...

omg, that makes me so mad that those guys are being so careless about it. Hopefully anyone would call the police when they see something like this and not just blow it off as a prank.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

What jerks! They're lucky no one, including a cop, pointed a gun at them as they made off with their kidnapping "victim"!

Theresa Milstein said...
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Theresa Milstein said...

Those Jackass guys and Tom Green have been good role models for this stuff. There must've been a camera for a tip off. If I were there, I don't know what I would've thought.

Passionofthemom made me laugh - "dumbassery". It should be in the dictionary.

Lydia Kang said...

I agree with Herding Cats.
They need to pay a huge fine or something.

AB HOME Interiors said...

Yea I agree with herding cats. Idiots!

J. J. in Phila said...

We had a similar thing in Philadelphia earlier in the summer.

BobKat said...

What if a plain-clothed officer or armed citizen were involved at the scene? In NH, given the seriousness of the "seemingly obvious signs of an abduction in progress", either one could intervene to protect the "apparent victim". Wow... seriously stupid stunt!!!

carma said...

I wonder what big things these rocket scientists are set to accomplish next

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
I agree with everyone here. And as you said, it seems really stupid that they are still unrepentant. These guys will go to their grave never thinking of anyone else. Unless this becomes a huge wake-up call for them.

And so I hope.
Thanks for posting this!
Ann T.

LadyFi said...

I've heard of this kind of thing before! Pure idiocy really, even if it is a prank.

Adie said...

I can't wait until these jerks have kids and understand what life is actually all about. Wait I take that back - I hope these idiots DO NOT procreate!!

SuziCate said...

If this is the one I saw, it looked like a kidnapping to me. These days with so much criminal activity, we must always suspect the worst in order to save the innocent. Sad.

Ashbosh said...

absolute fools!