LAGRANGE, Maine — Maine State Police put out an all-points bulletin Monday afternoon for two men armed with AK-47 rifles who reportedly kidnapped a female from Mill Street, but it quickly was determined to be a false report made by a drunken man, police said.
“Alcohol played a major role in this,” Trooper Scott Hamilton of the Maine State Police said Monday evening.
The fake kidnapping was reported to police at about 2:30 p.m. and law enforcement officers from all over the region were notified to be on the lookout for two armed suspects who were traveling in a brown minivan.
The incident occurred as a result of heavy drinking by a couple who started to argue, Hamilton said. The couple were not identified.
“She left on her own to get away from him” and “was given a ride by a friend who lives in the area” and drives a brown minivan, the trooper said.
The “extremely” intoxicated man involved then decided to call police, saying she was kidnapped by two men armed with AK-47 assault-style rifles, Hamilton said.
Shortly after police arrived in the area, the search for the supposed kidnappers was called off, he said.
While standing outside a residence at 87 Mill St. on Monday afternoon, Hamilton told Bangor Daily News photographer Kate Collins, “No one’s going to jail and the intoxicated parties are going back inside.”
Trooper Marc Poulin is the lead investigator in the case, which is still being investigated, Hamilton said.
People who submit fake police reports can be charged with filing a false report, which carries a penalty of up to a year in prison and a fine of $2,000. If found guilty, they also can be ordered to pay restitution for the cost incurred by law enforcement in investigating the report.