Woman Spotted What Looked Like A Child Sitting In The Middle Of The Road Only To Realise That It Was A Ruse
These days, it pays to be careful. Not everything is as it seems and this was a lesson one woman recently learned the hard way.
A 33-year-old woman was driving home from work around 1:30 am when she noticed what looked to be a child sitting in the middle of the road. Because it was dark, she was not able to make out that it was actually a dummy clothed to look like a child.
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The woman stopped her car and to take a closer look but fortunately, she did not come down from the vehicle. She then saw two men wearing dark hoodies coming close to her car. They began trying to force their way in by pulling the door handles.
It soon dawned on the woman that this was some kind of ruse. She immediately started her vehicle and drove off. When she reached a safe distance. She contacted authorities who then returned to the scene to find the clothed dummy.
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It turned out that the perpetrators used a plastic head and children's clothing to make the dummy look like a child. One of the officers, Major Jason A. Wank said, in situations like these, driving away is “absolutely the right thing to do."
The authorities were eventually able to find the perpetrators of this 'child' trap. It turned out that it was actually three youngsters that orchestrated the whole thing. They were just 10, 14 and 17 years old. They told the police that it was all just a prank.
The juveniles reportedly hoped that someone would run over the dummy and then 'freak out.' Although, this did not explain why they were trying to get into the woman's car.
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Whatever their motives might have been, the main lesson to learn here is that this could have easily been a carjacking so people should be very careful. Instead of rushing out of your vehicle when you spot something like this, your safest bet is to keep your car locked and call the police. Don't do the investigation yourself. You never know what you might find.