A Georgia Gwinnett College student couldn’t bear to tell his parents he was flunking English class — for the second time — so he faked his own kidnapping, according to Johns Creek police.
Now Aftab Aslam, 19, has more to worry about than an ‘F’ in English class.
On Thursday, Aslam turned himself in to police who charged him with a misdemeanor count of false report of a crime, three felony counts of false statements, three felony counts of tampering with evidence and three felony counts of terroristic threats.
On April 27, Aslam’s parents reported him missing after they received a text message saying their son had been kidnapped and warning them not to call police or he would be killed, police said.
Eight days later, Aslam turned up at home unharmed. After telling police he had been drugged and held prisoner, he later recanted, admitting he left home on his own and camped in an undeveloped area of Forsyth County until the weather turned cold and rainy, according to Johns Creek police spokesman Doug Nurse.
Johns Creek Police, the FBI, and the GBI investigated the incident and found the phone that sent the text near Aslam’s home. Investigators determined Aslam had bought the phone a few days earlier from a local Target store, Nurse said.