Johns Creek man charged with faking his kidnapping

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A Johns Creek man was arrested May 16 on charges he faked his own kidnapping.

Aftab Aslam, 19, surrendered to police, who charged him with one misdemeanor count of falsely reporting a crime, three felony counts of false statements, three felony counts of tampering with evidence and three felony counts of terroristic threats.

Aslam was reported missing around 10 a.m. April 27 from his parents’ home after they received a text saying Aslam had been kidnapped and warning them not to call the police or their son would be killed.

After eight days, Aslam returned home unharmed May 5. He told investigators he left on his own because he didn’t want to tell his parents he was failing classes at Georgia Gwinnett College. He camped out in an undeveloped area of Forsyth County until the weather turned cold and rainy. He initially told police he had been drugged and kept prisoner, but later recanted.

Johns Creek Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation launched an investigation and soon found the phone that sent the text near Aslam’s home. Investigators determined that Aslam had purchased the phone a few days earlier from a local store.