A Wild Hoax? Police Call Off Search For Man Claiming Abduction, Injury
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Police have called off the search for a man that called 911, claiming to be a Russian national, who had been kidnapped and stabbed.
After a day long search covering a five-square-mile area along the Detroit riverfront, police are effectively saying ‘nyet’ to the validity of the incident.
The man apparently told police that he was in a warehouse on the city’s east side, somewhere near the Detroit River.
Earlier, Detroit Police Commander Alvin Barren told WWJ that there was not enough evidence pointing to this call being a hoax and the search continued.
Barren added that if this was a prank, “if that’s the case, they went out of their way.”
Police say the man spoke Russian, so they brought in an interpreter to help them communicate with the man, who called back periodically.
Officers had been searching abandoned buildings, and overgrown lots and fields.
Police have no plans to continue the search on Wednesday. Local, state, and federal authorities assisted in the daylong search but found nothing.