Valentine's Day Role-Playing Goes Very Wrong

Nikolas Harbar and Stephanie Pelzner end up in jail

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2012 8:27 AM CST

(Newser) – An Oregon couple spent their Valentine's Day in jail after some ill-advised role-playing went very, very wrong. Portland police sent out at least nine patrol cars yesterday after a witness reported seeing a naked, bound woman in the back of a Subaru. Cops spread out searching the area, and ultimately found Stephanie Morgan Pelzner, 26, tied up with duct tape covering her mouth when the car returned to the address of its registered owner, 31-year-old Nikolas Alexander Harbar ... who just so happens to be Pelzner's boyfriend.

Harbar explained that they were engaging in "Valentine's Day role-playing," and Pelzner said she was a willing participant in the stunt. Police also found wine in the vehicle. The couple had even driven to a few stores and were "going after the shock effect," says a sergeant; they were ultimately spotted by the concerned witness as they pulled away from a market. "It was the weirdest thing in my 24 years,'' the sergeant says, adding that the couple was "real apologetic." Even so, they were arrested and accused of second-degree disorderly conduct, the Oregonian reports.

Nikolas Harbar and Stephanie Pelzner end up in jail.   (Portland Police Bureau Facebook page)
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