JPSO: Man arrested after false kidnapping report

Craig Trufant (photo from JPSO)
Craig Trufant (photo from JPSO)

It turns out a kidnapping case in Marrero was actually a case of false reporting, and the man who allegedly lied to authorities about it is under arrest.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office sent the following statement to news media Monday afternoon:

Sheriff Newell Normand reports, during the early morning hours of March 31, 2013, Kynisha Kinney... was reported kidnapped from a friend's home in the 1000 block of Garden Rd. in Marrero.  The unidentified male companion/friend told investigators Ms. Kinney was seen conversing with an unknown white male subject who was sitting in driver's seat of an unknown model black Cadillac.  Shortly thereafter, the friend reported seeing the victim being forcefully being pulled into the Cadillac and driven away on Garden Rd. towards the Westbank Expressway.  The friend told investigators he could see a portion of the victim's leg dangling from the passenger side door as the vehicle sped away.  The witness further claimed he and another male friend got into his vehicle an attempted to pursue the Cadillac, however, once the Cadillac reached the elevated portion of the Westbank Expressway it accelerated at a high rate of speed causing them to lose sight of the Cadillac as it proceeded towards the CCC.    

But Monday evening, JPSO released the following update on the case:

Detective Gary Barteet, who was the case investigator, executed a search warrant  at 1013 Garden Rd., which was the address where the original incident reportedly occurred.  Detective Barteet arrested Craig Trufant B/M, DOB: 8/27/57 during the execution of the search warrant.  Trufant was taken into custody and booked with False Swearing, Poss. Crack Cocaine, Poss. of Drug Para, Fugitive from Prob & Parole along with being a Fugitive from Gretna PD. Statements obtained from a witness and alleged victim indicated Trufant made up the bogus kidnapping call in order to get law enforcement to arrest a  friend of the victim because he owed the dealer money. 

Victim Kinney stated she was never kidnapped as was located by investigators in good health at Garden & Westbank on 04/01/13 at 2000 hours. Victim was arrested for an outstanding attachment.