Teen Charged After Faking Suicide On Web With Ketchup

A 17-year-old boy in western New York has been charged with a misdemeanor after police said he put ketchup on his arms and faked his suicide on a live video Web site.

State police say troopers got several calls Tuesday night about a young man broadcasting a suicide attempt over the Internet. Capt. Steven Nitrelli says the calls came from as far away as Israel, where the Web site is hosted.

Nitrelli says police traced the computer address to a home in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence. He says the teen admitted the hoax and insisted it was just a joke.

The teen has been charged with one third-degree count of falsely reporting an incident. He is to return to town court Oct. 29.


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