Tyre factory employee Brandon Soules was found on the afternoon of February 17 with his hands tied up behind his back with a belt and a bandana in his mouth to stop him crying for help.
When police asked him how he managed to get in that predicament he initially told them that he had been kidnapped by two masked men who hit him over the head and bundled him into a car before dumping him near a water tower in Coolidge, Arizona.
He claimed he had been kidnapped because his dad had various stashes of money hidden around the town.
But something about Brandon’s story didn’t quite feel right to police, and after checking CCTV footage they questioned him again.
At that point Brandon allegedly confessed that he had made the whole kidnapping story up in order to get out of work for a day.
Commander Mark Tercero told ABC News: “He informed us that he, at first, stuffed a bandana in his mouth and afterward he took off his own belt and bound his hands with his own belt, and and laid on the ground and scooted out to the side of the road where somebody could see him and waited."
A statement on the Coolidge police department's Facebook page said: “Initially, the subject reported to officers that two masked men kidnapped him, hit his head (knocking him unconscious) and drove him around in a vehicle before they left him in the area he was found.
“An extensive investigation was conducted by Coolidge detectives and evidence was discovered showing his story was fabricated and no kidnapping or assault occurred.”
Brandon was arrested later that evening on suspicion of false reporting to police.
On the upside, he will have a bit more time off work because, the police report notes, Brandon has since been fired from his job at the tyre factory.
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