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Tulsa police say kidnapping claim is fake

Posted: 10:57 AM, May 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-17 10:22:34-04
Tulsa police

TULSA, OK (KJRH) — Tulsa police say a kidnapping claim in the area is fake after they determined the claim was illegitimate.

It started with a series of Facebook posts, and ended with the man being arrested. Police say the person may have been using multiple accounts to fake the threat, and could have had help in setting it all up.

Special Investigations, Homicide, and Fugitive Warrant units quickly responded to the posts and tips that were called in. Police quickly found the house where the man was. Police say when he saw officers he jumped out a second story window, and was arrested.

While they treated it as a real threat, police say calls like these can be dangerous, as they take away valuable resources from a potential real threat.

"If you even go to these lengths to come up with some elaborate story that’s fake, that’s going to catch our attention and we’re going to put our resources into you," Officer Danny Bean said. "We’re going to find you and we’re going to get to the bottom of everything, and we’re going to find out what’s true and not.”

The man is being charged with obstruction of justice and filing a false police report.

The department says they received a lot of messages about a person who may have been kidnapped and in grave danger. Police located the man who claimed to have been kidnapped, and they said he had no injuries.

The man was taken to the TPD detective division to be interviewed.

Police say they are not going to share the photo associated with the kidnapping hoax, and they ask residents to not share it either.


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