ABC News’ Melissa Lustrin reports:
Being pulled out of a car at gunpoint by masked men while heavy metal music plays in the background would be a nightmarish experience for most people.
Not so for the increasing number of people who pay hundreds of dollars to experience it.
“It’s more or less a thrill entertainment of a kidnapping scenario,” said Shanel Hill, a professional abductor for the Detroit-based company “Extreme Kidnapping.”
For about $ 500, you can get the four-hour “econo-kidnapping” package, or spend thousands of dollars for more deluxe packages that can run a full day.
“Some people come to us because they want to lose control,” Hill said.
The company’s founder, Adam Thick, says he was inspired to start the company nearly a decade ago by “The Game,” the 1997 movie starring Michael Douglas as a wealthy investment banker given the gift of a “game” that brings excitement into his life.
Law enforcement experts, however, say the excitement created by the all-too-real kidnappings could create real-life danger.
An alleged abduction in New York City made headlines earlier this month as police investigated whether the incident – in which a man with a plastic bag over his head and another wearing a mask forced a woman into a minivan at gunpoint – was a hoax staged to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was.
“What you’ve done is create a situation where both the police, the victims and the fake bad guy could be harmed,” ABC News analyst and former FBI special agent Brad Garrett said.