Woman charged after alleged kidnapping prank

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A woman will face court today charged over an alleged hoax kidnapping in Maitland overnight.

Police will allege in court that at about 10.40pm yesterday (Tuesday 18 August), a 20-year-old woman was on a video call with relatives when she was handcuffed and appeared to be held against her will by a man.

Relatives contacted police shortly after the call was terminated.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter and Newcastle City Police Districts commenced inquiries into the whereabouts of the woman.

At about 1.30am this morning (Wednesday 19 August), police attended a hotel on High Street, Maitland, and located the 20-year-old and another woman.

She was arrested and taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with conveying false information that a person/property is in danger.

She was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court today.

Police are conducting inquiries into the whereabouts of the man.

He’s described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 160cm to 170cm tall, with a solid build, brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its online reporting page. Information is treated in strict confidence.

The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.