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Police: State College Kidnapping Prank Lands Men in Trouble

on September 12, 2011 6:56 AM

Two men will face disorderly-conduct charges after they planned to fake a kidnapping Saturday evening in State College, borough police said.

According to a police report, the men intended the activity as a prank -- a prank they were going to pull on a friend.

But onlookers in the area, unaware that the men were planning a joke, became concerned when they saw the duo pull on black ski masks in a South Atherton Street parking lot, police said.

Those observers called police, who soon arrived on the scene and arrested the men. It happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. in a parking lot between Ruby Tuesday and the Courtyard by Marriott hotel, on the 1500 block, according to the police report.

The names of the men, both Centre County residents, were not immediately released. Police said friends of the men were planning to deliver the target of the would-be prank -- a woman -- to the parking lot. The scheme just never got that far, according to the police report.

Otherwise, State College police said, calls for service and reported criminal activity over the Penn State-Alabama football weekend appeared relatively modest.

Among the more significant incidents to which borough police responded:

  • A college-age man reportedly was punched in the head around 2 a.m. Sunday near East Calder Way and McAllister Street, police said. He was assaulted by one or more people, according to a police report. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment. Police said an investigation is continuing.
  • Two groups got into a fight about 2:05 a.m. Sunday at South Allen Street and East Fairmount Avenue, police said. One man was struck in the face -- suffering a laceration -- and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment, according to a police report.
  • A guest at an East Beaver Avenue apartment party vomited off a balcony and onto people waiting to get into the Brewery bar, police said. The apartment party was at 221 E. Beaver Ave., and the vomit incident happened at 1:19 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report. Police said the person who hosted the party will be cited for disorderly conduct.
  • An intoxicated man entered a woman's apartment about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at 320 E. Beaver Ave., police said. According to a police report, the man was confused and thought he was in a different apartment; he apparently did not know the woman whose residence he entered. He was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment of an alcohol overdose, and he will be charged, police said.
  • A woman reported she was punched in the face by another woman on the 200 block of South Burrowes Street. It reportedly happened Friday night, police said.
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