Kidnapping Hoax Ends in Real Trouble for Albertville Teen

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - More than 20 law enforcement officers spent over an hour trying to locate the victim of a kidnapping in Albertville only to find out it was a hoax by a local teenager.

Albertville public information officer Jamie Smith says 19-year-old James Stewart was charged with making a false report after admitting his kidnapping was a hoax. Stewart was released from the city jail on a $500 bond.

Police said he began sending a series of false text messages to a relative around 1 p.m. Tuesday, stating he had been thrown into a car trunk by three men. But his story later unraveled.

It wasn't known Thursday if Stewart had a lawyer. A message left with the police spokesman wasn't immediately returned.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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