An alleged prank led to the arrest of two teenage brothers in Natick, Massachusetts, over the weekend.
Police said the teens were wearing all black, along with white masks on Saturday night, when a cleaning lady from a bank on Main Street went to throw the trash in the back dumpster. When the two teens approached, the cleaning lady dropped the trash and said, 'don't come any closer.'
Authorities said one of the teens allegedly lunged at her.
Necn spoke with people who work directly across the street at Corrados of Natick, and while they didn't witness what happened, they called it a frightening situation.
"I noticed the cleaning person out taking trash out," said Peter Salis, owner of Corrado's.
Police say the cleaner had no idea what the teen's intent was, and was able to run away and frantically scream for help, until someone nearby called police.
"We take the trash out sometimes later in the evening and it's dark and it could easily have been one of us that happened to," said Mikela Tock, Corrado's employee.
Officers said they found the teens a short distance away walking with their hoods still up on their heads. Arrested were Chandler Ortiz, 18, and his brother, a minor, both of Natick.
Authorities said the teens weren't remorseful and smiled as they explained the prank, calling it a "social experiment," — that they just wanted to scare the woman.
Police told the teens the cleaning lady has prior military experience and carries a firearm on occasion and was actually in fear for her life.
Both teens are facing a charge of disorderly conduct.