Westerville police said three men were arrested and charged with inducing panic after a bachelor-party prank caused witnesses to call 911.
According to reports, a pair of witnesses called 911 around noon May 6 to report they had seen a man being kidnapped and thrown into a vehicle by three other men in the parking lot of a business in the 700 block of North State Street.
Reportedly, one caller specifically said the men were wearing masks.
Moments later, an officer saw the vehicle on Cleveland Avenue near Polaris Parkway and initiated a traffic stop. Because of the phone call, the officer yelled at them to stop and pulled his gun, according to reports.
The driver reportedly "yelled that it was a bachelor-party prank" and officers found the victim handcuffed in the back seat. Officers also found multiple guns in the vehicle that belonged to the men, who had concealed-carry permits, reports stated.
Eventually, the men showed the officers the masks they had used and police called the victim's fiancee for confirmation of the bachelor party, according to reports. The three men, ages 24, 26 and 27, were all charged and released at the scene.
In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:
* Someone broke into a trailer at a construction site in the 400 block of Altair Parkway and stole approximately $10,000 worth of tools.
According to reports, workers noticed the trailer had been broken into the morning of May 1, and said the theft could have occurred between April 28 and that morning.
Numerous items were taken, and police found a perimeter fence damaged nearby, reports stated. The padlock of the trailer had been pried open.
* A Westerville woman reportedly found her vehicle vandalized the morning of May 6.
According to reports, the vehicle was at the victim's residence in the first block of South Knox Street.
When the woman went to the vehicle around 8 a.m. May 6, she found two windows broken and four tires had been slashed.
Police have no suspects, reports stated.