Teen prankster stirs up kidnap havoc

A teenage girl's prank on her dad almost turned ugly when Spanish police pulled a gun on the unlucky parent.

Teen prankster stirs up kidnap havoc
It was a childish joke that nearly went horribly wrong. File Photo: swittei/Flickr

It was a childish joke that nearly went horribly wrong.

A 13-year-old girl from Valencia decided to hold up a sign in the car while her dad was driving.

It read: "Help. I’m being kidnapped."

Without her father realizing what his daughter was doing, an off duty Spanish civil guard caught a glimpse of her message and decided to take matters into his own hands.

The officer forced the supposed kidnapper’s vehicle to stop, pointed a gun at his head and ordered him to get out with his hands on his head, regional daily La Opinión de Tenerife reported on Tuesday.

The shocked man did as he was told while assuring the officer that he was the father of the prankster.

It wasn't long before the teenage girl owned up to her joke, but the off-duty civil guard had already alerted the authorities to the incident, prompting a large deployment of police at the scene.

Once the officers had confirmed father and daughter were actually related, both were allowed to walk free.

As for the teenage troublemaker, she may not have been kidnapped but she'll more than likely be grounded for some time.

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Spanish police arrest man over alleged kidnap of daughter at gunpoint in Britain

Spanish police said Wednesday they have arrested an Algerian man who allegedly snatched his two-year-old daughter at gunpoint in Britain and fled the country with her.

Spanish police arrest man over alleged kidnap of daughter at gunpoint in Britain
File photo of a man in handcuffs. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP.

The 44-year-old was detained on a plane at Madrid airport during a scheduled stop en route to Oran, Algeria's second city, on August 1st, the same day he abducted his daughter in Nottingham, a police spokesman said.

The man, who had lost custody of his daughter, turned up at the house where she was staying “and took her by force after threatening the staff with a firearm and tying them up,” police said in a statement.

“Officers located and detained the fugitive in a plane which was about to take off. The girl was with him”.

British police said reports that the girl had been in a children's home were inaccurate and she was in fact taken from a family home.   

As part of the same investigation, British police have also arrested and charged a 43-year-old woman for child abduction, possession of a firearm, false imprisonment and aggravated burglary.

The girl was handed over to social services in Madrid until she can be returned to Britain, the Spanish police spokesman said.   

The man is waiting to appear before a judge in Madrid who will decide whether to extradite him back to Britain to face trial, he added.