Nova Scotia

Boy, 17, charged after allegedly making prank kidnapping call, threats

Halifax Regional Police have charged a 17-year-old boy after he allegedly made a prank phone call about a kidnapping overnight.

Caller allegedly made death threats against victim if his demands were not met

The supposed kidnapping victim was found on Rosedale Avenue in the Halifax neighbourhood of Fairview. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

A 17-year-old Halifax boy is facing a charge of mischief after he allegedly made a prank phone call to police in which he reported a kidnapping and made death threats against a man if his demands were not met.

Halifax Regional Police say they were called about a kidnapping at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

About two hours later, police traced the supposed victim's phone to a home on Rosedale Avenue in the Fairview neighbourhood of Halifax.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Halifax police's emergency response team arrested two men and a woman inside the Fairview home and located the purported victim, who was unharmed. Police released the three people without charges.

A short time later, police found and arrested the 17-year-old who allegedly called in the fake kidnapping and threats at a home on Mont Blanc Terrace in north-end Halifax.

Police released the boy who will appear in court at a later date.