Cops: Dad’s stranger-danger test scares teens into 911 call

WESTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — Police say a suburban Cleveland man had a friend pose as a threatening ex-convict during a test to see whether his teenagers would let a stranger into their home, prompting them to flee and call 911.

Westlake police say a prosecutor will consider potential child-endangering charges against the adults.

Police say the father described his 14- and 16-year-old sons’ actions as an “epic fail.” But officers commended them for locking themselves in a bedroom, jumping out a window and running to a neighbor’s home.

Officers say the stranger went to the door and was let in by the younger teen, and the stranger then said their father owed him money and threatened them. Police say the man was in contact by phone with the father, who resisted halting the charade.