Drug-fuelled kidnap claim sparks police search
Published: 14 Dec 2012 10:32 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Dec 2012 10:32 GMT+01:00
German police mounted a mass search for a kidnapper after phone calls from an unknown man saying he had taken a little girl prisoner. But when they tracked the caller down, he admitted making the whole thing up while high on drugs.
Police were put on high alert on Thursday morning when they received reports from two families in Schwerin in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania that a stranger had called their houses and told them he had taken a nine-year-old girl hostage, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Friday.
Although no-one had been registered as missing, police took the reports seriously and kickstarted a mass hunt for the supposed kidnapper across the states of Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Over the course of the day police managed to track the man to his home in Stelle near Hamburg. Late on Thursday evening a SWAT unit arrested the 32-year-old man outside his flat, police in Rostock told the paper.
He admitted having made the phone calls at random, but said he had never kidnapped a girl in the first place and that the whole thing had been a drug-fuelled fantasy.