A man who wanted to get away with not talking to his girlfriend for a couple of weeks decided to do so by pretending he had been kidnapped.
After two weeks, he was found by the NYPD in Brooklyn with his hands and mouth covered in duct tape.
Police quickly realized he was lying about something, as the rolls of tape were still dangling from his wrists.
Rhamell Pettway lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, and originally told police that he didn’t know how he was tied up with duct tape.
Later on, though, he said that two men abducted him in a light blue minivan on February 19, before they dropped him off two weeks later near Macon St. and Malcolm X Blvd.
When they started suspecting he was lying, Pettway finally admitted he was only trying to get away with not talking to his girlfriend for two weeks and had made up the story.
They do not know what Pettway was doing when he pretended to be missing.
One officer said Pettway was a “total moron” for attempting to get away with the fake kidnapping, as it was obvious he was lying.
“It was a pathetic attempt to pull the wool over her eyes,” he said.
He was found by a passerby at 1:10 a.m. sitting between two cars on Macon Street. He had his hands, legs, and mouth covered in duct tape, and also appeared to be beaten up.
“The officers were asking him, ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?’” Lisa, a neighbor, said. “That’s something very sick. Just be a man and face the consequence.”
Another neighbor was also disgusted by the man’s attempted lie.
“He did that just so he wouldn’t get caught by his girl? The lengths people will go not to tell the truth,” he said.
Pettway was arrested 14 times prior to the incident.
Most of his arrests were related to assault, robbery and marijuana use.