Skip to comments.Murder prank goes awry; pair arrested (Humor Break)
Posted on 01/13/2005 9:34:15 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature
CENTRAL POINT A pair of pranksters who staged a murder scene inside their home Wednesday landed in jail after a friend who police say was high on methamphetamine phoned authorities, believing one of his pals had killed the other...
En route to the scene, police notified officials at nearby Mae Richardson Elementary School of a problem in the area.
"Not knowing what we had, we ordered the school to lock down," Britton said. "We assumed we had an armed suspect."
Police surrounded the house and tried to communicate with the murder suspect, whom Maerz said was still inside. He told police that he ran to a neighboring home to call 9-1-1 after walking into his friends house and finding one of them, Adam Dwain Vickers, 31, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.
Maerz said he believed Vickers roommate, Kyle Albert Wisdom, 20, had killed Vickers.
After realizing officers had arrived at their house, Wisdom and Vickers walked outside. Neither was injured, although both had been drinking earlier in the morning, Britton said.
"They immediately said it was a joke, that they were just goofing around," he said. "They wanted to scare (Maerz) into thinking something happened. It obviously scared him. He was a mess."
Britton said Wisdom and Vickers had consumed "quite a bit" of alcohol before staging the murder scene, which included fake blood splattered on Vickers.
But it was no joke to police, who handcuffed both men and took them to the Jackson County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct, conspiracy to commit a crime, initiating a false report and reckless endangering. Both were being held late Wednesday on $12,000 bail.
"They werent thinking the joke was too funny when they were leaving," Britton said.
Maerzs panicked reaction to seeing his friend laying in a pool of fake blood may have had something to do with the fact that he had ingested methamphetamine about one hour before going to the Palo Verde Way home, Britton said.
"(Maerz) was really high," Britton said.
Maerz, 20, of the 2100 block of Taylor Road in Central Point, was taken to jail for possession of meth and a warrant. He was being held late Wednesday on $10,000 bail.
Britton said Maerz was angry both at being arrested and because his friends had fooled him.
"He was upset mad at them," Britton said. "But he was relieved to find his friend was not deceased."
After the ruse was revealed, police quickly called Mae Richardson officials to let them know about the hoax. Principal Susan Dippel said the school was locked down for about 10 minutes.
During the lockdown, teachers secured their classroom doors and made sure all the children were off the school playground. Dippel said a footbridge separates the school from the neighborhood in which the prank occurred.
"I made sure we were very calm and deliberate with what we did," she said. "I wish this sort of thing did not happen ... but its comforting to know the system we put in place worked."
Dippel sent a note home with each student to inform parents of the situation. She said the school received at least 10 phone calls during the day from concerned parents who had heard about the incident.
Sick practical joke, Maybe... But just how in the hell were these guys arrestd for role playing in their own home???
There's a law for just about anything.
I think a third rate lawyer could get those charges thrown out.
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