COOLIDGE, Arizona — He could have just called in sick.
An Arizona man was busted for making a false report after faking his own abduction in order to get out of having to go to work.
Police in Coolidge, Arizona say they found 19-year-old Brandon Soules on Feb. 10 with his hand tied behind his back and a bandana stuffed in his mouth lying on the ground near the town’s water tower.
Soules told them that two masked men had kidnapped him, hit him over the head, knocking him unconscious and then drove him around before dumping him where he was found.
He said the men had abducted him because his father kept a large amount of cash hidden around town.
But after conducting an extensive investigation, cops say they eventually determined that Soules had made the whole thing up. During an interview, Soules admitted he’d fabricated the story as an excuse to get out of work and he was arrested.
Soules was also fired from his job at a tire shop.