A Georgia college student purchased a cellphone, sent text messages saying he had been kidnapped, and later told police he was drugged and held captive – all in an attempt to avoid telling his parents he was failing English class.
But now, Aftab Aslam, 19, has more to worry about than mom and dad; he’s facing a slew of felony charges in relation to the bizarre scheme.
Aslam, a student at Georgia Gwinnett College, reportedly planned the kidnapping in effort to avoid telling his parents he was failing English for the second time.
In a plot unlikely to be used by future students, Aslam purchased the cellphone from a nearby Target and sent an anonymous text message to his parents saying he had been kindnapped and “not to call the police or their son would be killed.”
During their investigation, Johns Creek Police – along with officials from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and FBI – discovered the message had been sent in close proximity to Aslam’s home.
On May 5, eight days after sending the text message, the student returned home and told police he had been drugged and held prisoner. However, Aslam eventually admitted he left home on his accord and camped out in an uninhabited area until it became cold and rainy, Johns Creek police spokesman Doug Nurse said.
Other than having to worry about failing grades, outraged parents, and overall humiliation, police recently slapped Aslam with nine felonies in relation to the scheme.
On Thursday, police charged the teen with three felony counts of false statements, three felony counts of tampering with evidence, and three felony counts of making terroristic threats – in addition to a misdemeanor for falsely reporting a crime.
He’s currently being held in the Fulton County Jail.