Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Col. John Fortunato says a man "made up" the alleged abduction of Kynisha Kinney (below) to try to get another man arrested.
"Victim Kinney stated she was never kidnapped as was located by investigators in good health," Fortunato said in a news release. "Detective Gary Barteet... arrested Craig Trufant (above) B/M, DOB: 8/27/57."
He explained the kidnapping hoax was the result of an unpaid drug debt.
"Statements obtained from a witness and alleged victim indicated Trufant made up the bogus kidnapping call in order to get law enforcement to arrest a friend of the victim because he owed the dealer money," Fortunato explained.
The man who allegedly lied about the kidnapping is now facing a string of charges.
"Trufant was taken into custody and booked with False Swearing, Poss. Crack Cocaine, Poss. of Drug Para, Fugitive from Prob & Parole along with being a Fugitive from Gretna PD," according to Fortunato's release.
His report to cops prompted the sheriff's office to issue the following on Monday:
"The unidentified male companion/friend told investigators Ms. Kinney was seen conversing with an unknown white male subject who was sitting in driver's seat of an unknown model black Cadillac. Shortly thereafter, the friend reported seeing the victim being forcefully being pulled into the Cadillac and driven away on Garden Rd. towards the Westbank Expressway. The friend told investigators he could see a portion of the victim’s leg dangling from the passenger side door as the vehicle sped away. The witness further claimed he and another male friend got into his vehicle an attempted to pursue the Cadillac, however, once the Cadillac reached the elevated portion of the Westbank Expressway it accelerated at a high rate of speed causing them to lose sight of the Cadillac as it proceeded towards the CCC."
Fortunato says while that story turned out to be false, and the alleged victim was not harmed, she is also in trouble with the law.
"Kinney... was arrested for an outstanding attachment."