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Two of three suspects in phony kidnapping arraigned

June 20th, 2014 - 5:16am

(Port Angeles) Two of three suspects in a videotaped fake kidnapping pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges.

25-year-old Jason Holden and 34-year-old Shellie Baskins were arraigned yesterday in Clallam County District Court.

A third person charged in the case, 25-year-old Jesse Holden had his arraignment postponed to give him time to find a new attorney.

The trio face disorderly conduct charges for videotaping a fake kidnapping of a child at Carrie Blake Park. In April, Jason Holden donned a masked and grabbed a younger male relative at the park. The Holdens videotaped it and tore off in a waiting van.

The Holdens say the video was the latest in a series posted on YouTube done for humor and shock value. They said the fake kidnapping was meant to raise awareness about child abductions.

The case has garnered international attention.

The Holdens say they're upset Sequim's city attorney first chose not to file charges, then changed his mind more than a month after the incident.


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