Did the role-playing couple commit a crime?
PORTLAND, Ore. -- At least nine police cars responded Tuesday to reports of a woman bound in duct tape and naked in a man's car, but the incident turned out to be a Valentine's role-play.
Nikolas Alexander Harbar, 31, told police that he and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Stephanie Morgan Pelzner, were doing some Valentine's Day role playing. The two pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to disorderly conduct and accepted a sentence of 16 hours of community service.
Shortly after noon, police converged on the New Seasons Market on North Interstate Avenue after receiving a report of a vehicle seen leaving the parking lot with a naked female tied up in the back with duct tape over her mouth.
According to police, a witness told officers that the driver of the car was a white male in his 20s, with a goatee and sunglasses and that the female "seemed hazy." The witness told police that the male stated they "were just having some fun."
The witness provided the license plate and police tracked the vehicle to a home in the 4300 block of Northeast 11th Avenue. Just before 1 p.m., the car was spotted by an officer returning to the home. An officer saw a bound and naked woman in the back of the car, and approached the driver.
"He said 'yeah, that's my girlfriend we're role playing for Valentine's Day," said Sgt. Pete Simpsons, "and she was in the back naked tied up. And she confirmed it was all part of a role play."
Both Harbar and Pelzner were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail.
The couple declined an interview request later Tuesday evening.
Several neighbors told KGW that the escapade would certainly raise alarms if seen by passersby, and that the couple should have been more discreet.