Perpetrators wearing “FBI” vests and badges around their neck tried to kidnap women in two separate incidents in Buffalo, the Buffalo News reports.
The fake agents handcuffed the victims.
Police stopped an SUV in which the perpetrators and a victim were riding.
The Buffalo News wrote that the victim believed she was being legitimately arrested after they rushed up to her, screaming “FBI, you’re wanted for questioning in a homicide” and placed handcuffs on her.
Another victim escaped when the would-be kidnappers tried to force her into an SUV.
There people were charged with attempted kidnapping: Hakim Owens, 22; Paul Manning, 19; and Christopher Southerns, 22.
FBI spokesman Maureen Dempsey said the suspects were unusually young for FBI agents, noting that the minimum age is 22 with a four-year college degree and three years of work experience.