UPDATE: Local deputies say kids set up dummy in roadway as prank

This Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 photo provided by Carteret County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina shows a dummy constructed of a fake plastic head and children’s clothing that was left in the road in the county’s Paradise East subdivision. A sheriff’s statement said a woman narrowly escaped being carjacked by multiple men who pulled on her door handles after she slowed down for the dummy that she thought was a child in the road. (Carteret County Sheriffs Office via AP)

NEWPORT, N.C. (AP) — Deputies in Carteret County said Thursday that tips led them to three neighborhood juveniles responsible for setting up a dummy in a roadway Sunday morning.

One of the three, ages 10, 14, and 17, said the whole incident was supposed to be a prank. They said they hoped that someone would run the dummy over, think they hit a real person, and “freak out”.

Detectives are continuing to investigate and will consult with the district attorney’s office to make a determination if charges will be filed. They don’t believe the incident is related to a Dollar General armed robbery on Monday.

Original Story:

A sheriff’s office says a woman narrowly escaped being carjacked after spotting what she thought was a child sitting in the middle of the road in the dark of night.

It turned out to be a dummy, dressed in children’s clothing. And as the woman slowed her car, two men wearing dark hoodies approached and pulled on her door handles.

She sped away and called for help as the suspects fled, according to the sheriff’s office in Carteret County, North Carolina.

Maj. Jason Wank says authorities destroyed the dummy later Sunday, just in case. He’s asking for help finding those responsible.

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