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Man sleeping in car trunk charged with false informing

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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.

According to 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 said.

Martin then 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.

Martin was transported to Porter County Jail.



Posted 12/26/2017




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