A Brooklyn man reportedly trying to avoid the wrath of his girlfriend after a prolonged absence decided to fake his own kidnapping, only to be discovered by police after he left behind blatant evidence of the hoax.
Rahmel Wallace, 34, who also goes by the name Rahmel Pettway, was reported missing from Bainbridge Street and Reid Avenue in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, the New York Police Department told ABCNews.com. Wallace was found Thursday, hog-tied in the street, still in the Bedford-Stuyvesant, with duct tape covering his mouth, police told ABCNews.com. But, according to the New York Post, he had neglected to remove the roll of duct tape, which was left dangling from his wrists.
"He's a total moron," a law-enforcement source told the New York Post. "It was a pathetic attempt to pull the wool [over] her eyes."
Wallace was found by a passerby at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, who then notified police. He first told officers that he wasn't able to recall the events but later said that two men in a light-blue minivan abducted him, according to the Post.
"He made a verbal and written statement that he was kidnapped, but he recanted that info," Detective Marc Nell told ABCNews.com.
As police grew suspicious of his story, Wallace was taken to nearby Woodhull Medical Center, where police said he eventually confessed that he had made the whole story up. The Post reported that he said he was frightened about the prospect of facing his girlfriend after he'd vanished for two weeks and so faked his kidnapping.
Nell said that Wallace was charged with a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident to the police.
Wallace has two drug- related previous charges and 10 separate sealed records of arrest,
The Brooklyn district attorney's office told ABCNews.com that Wallace had not yet been processed through its system.