A Michigan resident
found sleeping inside the trunk of his car on Saturday near Jackson
Elementary School was arrested on a charge of false informing after he
initially reported being kidnapped, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
police, at 9:09 a.m. an officer was dispatched to the area of C.R. 400E and
U.S. Highway 6 in response to a report of an abandoned vehicle. On his
arrival, police said, the officer found the key still in the ignition of the
vehicle, which was missing the driver’s side rear tire as well as the front
bumper. On further investigation, police said, the officer discovered,
asleep in the trunk, the vehicle’s registered owner, identified as Nicolaus
Martin, 22, of Sears, Mich.
Martin at first
advised the officer that he’d been at a rest stop in Southern Michigan when
“an unknown subject hit him over the head and threw him in his trunk,” then
“driven all the way to wherever we were” and left him there in the trunk.
Martin next advised the officer that at some point in his ordeal “he was let
out of the trunk and forced to get gas at an unknown gas station,” that he
rode the rest of the way in the passenger’s seat, and that on arriving at
the current location his assailant forced him back into the trunk, police
admitted that he’d been drinking beer, that he didn’t “remember how he got
to where he was,” and that he didn’t “remember hitting anything and (wasn’t)
sure what he did to damage his vehicle so badly,” police said.
transported to Porter County Jail.