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Kidnapping report from 12-year-old boy found to be a hoax

JAMUL - A 12-year-old East County boy who claimed to have been briefly kidnapped this week admitted today he fabricated the story in an attempt to avoid getting in trouble for being away from home after dark, a sheriff's official said.

On Tuesday night, the youth reported that he had been forced into a small pickup truck on Mark Lee Drive in Jamul a short time earlier by a tall, muscular man with shaggy hair, a long beard and dragon tattoos on both arms, Sgt. Jeff Maxin said.

The child, who had suffered some minor scratches supposedly inflicted by the abductor, told deputies the man drove for about a mile, then seemed to get nervous and let him go.

Confronted by investigators over inconsistencies in his story this morning, the boy confessed to making it up, Maxin said. The youth told investigators he'd scraped himself on the arm with a stick to make it look like he'd been treated roughly by the imaginary kidnapper.

''The boy was not arrested, but the investigation is continuing with Lemon Grove juvenile detectives,'' the sergeant said.

JAMUL - Sheriff's authorities today were investigating a report of a kidnapping in Jamul.

A 12-year-old told deputies he was forced into a small pickup truck Tuesday night by a man who let the boy go about a mile down the road, said Sgt. Kevin Menzies of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

The boy was in the vicinity of the 17900 block of Mark Lee Drive around 8 p.m. when he was forced into the man's pickup truck, Menzies said, adding the suspect also put the boy's bike in the bed of the truck.

''Once the victim was inside the truck, the suspect drove away ... about one mile,'' Menzies said. ''The suspect appeared nervous while driving away and then suddenly pulled over and insisted the victim exit the truck.''

The victim then walked to a friend's house and reported the incident to his friend's mother, he said.

Authorities described the suspect as a white male in his early 40s, between 6 feet 3 and 6 feet 5, with a muscular build and brown shaggy hair and a beard that reached down to the middle of his chest. He also has dragon tattoos on both arms, and his truck may have racing tires, Menzies said.


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