Police: Incident at Chesterfield Towne Center was a prank, not an abduction

Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 10:38 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 4:57 PM EST
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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - The Chesterfield Police Department says what they thought was a possible abduction at Chesterfield Towne Center was actually a prank.

Officers got a call about a suspicious incident at Chesterfield Towne Center on Saturday, Jan. 21. A witness told them three people got into a fight before two people allegedly forced the third person into the back seat of an SUV.

Police say once the teens involved and their parents found out their prank received media attention, they immediately called the police to identify themselves and clarify the situation.

Detectives consulted with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. They determined the teens would not be charged with falsely summoning or giving false reports to law-enforcement officials because they did not intend to mislead witnesses or the police.