It’s one thing to call in sick to work — and another to stage your own kidnapping! An Arizona man was arrested on suspicion of false reporting to police earlier this month after he allegedly falsified his own kidnapping and assault.
Brandon Soules was found with his hands tied up behind his back with a belt and his mouth gagged with a bandana near a water tower earlier this month in Coolidge. He was reportedly found by someone passing the area on February 10, near 1st Street and Northern Avenue, and cops responded at around 5:25 p.m.
The 19-year-old reportedly told police that two masked men kidnapped him and knocked him out with a blow to the head before they drove him around and dumped him in the area he was found.
However, the investigation provided no evidence of the kidnapping, and police checked surveillance footage from around his home once they became suspicious. Soules reportedly confessed that he fabricated the story to get out of work.
"He informed us that he, at first, stuffed a bandanna in his mouth and afterward he took off his own belt and bound his hands with his own belt," Commander Mark Tercero told ABC.
"And laid on the ground and scooted out to the side of the road where somebody could see him and waited."
According to KNXV-TV, Soules alleged that he was kidnapped because his father was said to have hidden a large amount of money around the town — which was also reported to be fabricated.
The teen was arrested on Wednesday, February 17, on suspicion of false reporting to police. He was also reportedly fired from his job at a tire store. It is not yet known if Soules has obtained legal representation.
The Coolidge Examiner was the first to report on Soules' alleged false abduction.