Fake kidnapping court date postponed to June 19

After uncertainty over penalties for an alleged fake kidnapping in Carrie Blake Park on April 12, three relatives tentatively make their plea at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 19, in Clallam County District Court.

Cousins Jason Holden, 25, and Jesse Holden, 25, and relative Shellie Baskins, 34, could face up to 90 days in jail under state law or up to 364 days in jail or a $5,000 fine with charges of disorderly conduct by creating a disturbance in the park under the City of Sequim’s municipal code.

They were scheduled to plead on June 12 but District Court Judge Rick Porter postponed the hearings due to no determination on their possible penalties.

The trio filmed and/or participated a video that later appeared on YouTube allegedly to create awareness about kidnapping. Sequim Police report Baskins was at the park with her 4-year-old son and asked two women to watch him while she went to the bathroom and Jason Holden, wearing a mask, rode in a minivan and took the boy while Jesse Holden, also wearing a mask, drove away.

Madison said police interviewed several witnesses who either tried to stop the fake kidnapping, heard screaming and/or were distraught by the experience.

The Holdens returned to the park with the boy and told officers that they were making an educational video and the Holdens have appeared on television saying their intention was to raise awareness and not to perform a prank.


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