Man Gets Arrested For Kidnapping His Son After Neighbours Didn’t Recognise His New Beard

By : Rebecca Knight |


beard kidThe Independent

When Torkel Kristoffers decided to grow a beard during a break from work, he might have expected his neighbours to think he was getting a bit lazy or even becoming a hipster. What he probably didn’t expect was for them to fail to recognise him while he has taking care of his two year old son, Axel, and call the police after thinking he had kidnapped him.

In his neighbours’ defence, they did see a man they did not recognise not only walking off with Axel, but carrying him in a shopping bag, after the kid requested his father transport him to his friend’s house in the canvas bag.

Said neighbours called the police, who then stormed into the house, thinking that there was a mad bearded kidnapper on the loose, only to discover there had been one hell of a misunderstanding.

Axel KristoffersTorkel Kristoffers/Facebook

At least the neighbours are vigilant I suppose, and the 39 year old clearly has a sense of humour, claiming on his Facebook page that:

When two police cars run into my coffee time, we know that it’s time to shave the beard.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, police officers have confirmed that it is not currently a crime to carry a child around in a canvas bag. I mean, if you’re paying for them, you might as well get some seriously good use out of them.