Man Faked His Kidnapping To Explain 2-week Absence To Girlfriend
A man faked his own kidnapping because he was terrified of his lover’s wrath.
Rahmell Pettway, 36, told cops he spent two weeks away from home and then staged the crime to explain his absence to his girlfriend.
His poorly executed plan unraveled when the cops who found him hog-tied in the street noticed the roll of duct tape still dangling from his wrists.
He eventually came clean, and was arrested for filing a false report.
“He’s a total moron,” said one law-enforcement source. “It was a pathetic attempt to pull the wool [over] her eyes.”
Pettway was first discovered by a passerby at 1:10 a.m. Thursday between two cars on Macon Street.
His hands, legs and mouth were covered with duct tape and the rogue Romeo looked beaten up, complaining about pain in his ribs.
He initially “couldn’t recall” what had happened, but later told police two men in a light-blue minivan abducted him on Feb. 19 near Bainbridge Street and Reid Avenue.
Authorities grew suspicious of his account, and Pettway soon confessed to the hoax, saying he had gone AWOL for a couple of weeks and was terrified of facing his significant other.