Off-Duty Officer Scares Massachusetts Pranksters

September 5, 2014 - 12:05 PM

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts men planning to prank a stranger by springing from a box in a scary mask were thwarted by an alert off-duty police officer and are now facing charges.

Police in Barnstable on Cape Cod say the officer spotted the men passing through his yard just before 6 p.m. Thursday on the way to a neighbor's house. One man, dressed in black, was wearing a scary clown mask with blood and scars. The other had the box.

The masked man hid in the box while the other man hid in the bushes with a camera.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/WlKkJc ) reports that the officer intervened. The men told him they were going to scare a stranger and post the video on YouTube. They were charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing.

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com