September 10, 2002

Who needs fiction when the real world gives us stories like this one?

“A report that three teenage girls from West Palm Beach were kidnapped at gunpoint was a hoax to cover their part in an armed robbery of a young man they set up, police said Tuesday,” according to today’s Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

“Police said 18-year-old Jorge Beltran III of Key Biscayne drove to Virginia Key Beach late Monday to meet with three girls, ages 15 through 17, and was attacked by two males who pepper-sprayed him and threatened him with guns,” the Sun-Sentinel reports. “The two suspects and the three girls then took off in Beltran’s car and in the car the two men had driven to the scene.”

And so arises a new definition of the term “dusted.”


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