Two charged in bogus kidnapping

Monday, June 20, 2005

LYKENS, Pa. -- A man and a teenager face criminal charges for allegedly staging a fake kidnapping that recreated a scene from a movie that celebrated stunts and gross-out gags.

A store clerk reported the apparent kidnapping Wednesday, saying that while a customer was paying for gasoline a teenager jumped from the trunk of the man's car with his hands bound and his eyes blindfolded. The man chased the teen, caught him, threw him back into the trunk and drove off, police said.

However, when officers found Daniel Reedinger and the teen, the pair told authorities they were re-enacting a prank from the 2002 film "Jackass: The Movie," police said.

Reedinger, 31, was charged with creating a false alarm, corruption of minors and disorderly conduct. The 15-year-old, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with creating a false alarm and disorderly conduct.

His case will be handled by juvenile authorities.

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