Man arrested for faking his own kidnapping


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man is arrested in Laurel County accused of calling police about an armed robbery and kidnapping that never happened.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says they got a call Tuesday morning from a man who claimed he was at a gas station off West Cumberland Gap Road when he was robbed at gunpoint, tied up and brought to another location, where his truck was then stolen.

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Deputies spotted the truck and pulled the driver over off American Greeting Card Road.

They say a passenger in the truck, 39-year-old Jerry Lee Smith, was the one who called police.

They determined his truck was not stolen and he had not been robbed and kidnapped.

He was arrested along with two other people in the truck.