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False Alarm: Man Hitching Ride in a Trunk Sparks Kidnapping Tip

What began as a kidnapping investigation ended being a case of someone who really wanted to get somewhere despite a lack of seats.

A kidnapping sighting Thursday in North Hollywood actually turned out to be a person who voluntarily got in the trunk of a car because there was no more room to sit, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

A citizen phoned police when someone was spotted hopping into the trunk of a vehicle occupied by six people near Vineland Avenue and Kittridge Street around 1 p.m., said Lt. Bryan Lium.

When officers arrived and conducted an investigation, they ruled no kidnapping had taken place.

But the driver was cited for getting behind the wheel without a license and a few of the passengers were ticketed for having open containers of alcohol in public, Lium said.

Jean Jeunet February 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM
LOL. Reminds me of my travels in China.
antonioV February 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM
WTF WHYS THIS NEWS
Arin Mikailian (Editor) February 14, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Because this was initially reported as a kidnapping investigation. It's part of our job to provide closure to readers, even when the ending isn't a tragic one.
antonioV February 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM
thats a waste of time key word "initially" we don't need closure on this
William (Praxis) February 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM
I disagree, Antonio. The correction is important. I, for one, appreciate Arin's follow-up / addendum.
Jolie February 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I would pay money for a photo of these clowns ... ahahahahahaha!
Bruce Mitchell February 16, 2013 at 07:48 AM
I disagree as well. This is a good follow up to the earlier story. Kudos to NoHo Patch for doing a great job overall reporting local and regional news!
antonioV February 18, 2013 at 07:09 PM
most of the news on the Patch is watered down feel good news I think I'll start my own north hollywood news site with real news that people actually care about not news about taco stands that have to leave and false alerts hey guys busy yourself elsewhere DO NOT REPLY TO ME
VictimOfSystem April 07, 2013 at 10:20 AM
The guy in the trunk was wearing his seat belt I presume.

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