CLACKAMAS, Ore - After an investigation that involved questioning two teenagers accused of beating and tying up a 12-year-old boy, police are now saying the whole thing was a story made up by the alleged victim.
Investigators said they're confident the whole story was a hoax, to cover for the fact that the boy failed to get home on time. They said the boy eventually admitted to them that he tied his hands to his own shoelaces and made up the elaborate attack story.
The investigation began on June 6, after a passing motorist noticed a boy tied up and pleading for help along SE 82nd Avenue, near the Clackamas Aquatic Center. The motorist helped him and then he gave a detailed report to investigators. He even worked with a police sketch artist to help identify the teens who he claimed had attacked him.
Investigators said the boy told them he’d had a shoving match with two other boys a few weeks earlier outside the Aquatic Center, and then they bullied him in retaliation. He said they grabbed him on June 6, carried him into a treed area, tied his hands and feet with his own shoelaces, then rolled him down a nearby hill.
He claimed that he spent the next two hours trying get up the hill to the roadway in hopes someone would see him.
As for the two teens who were questioned as part of the investigation, they told police they knew nothing about any sort of beating or bullying involving the boy. They could have faced serious charges of kidnapping and assault, had it gone to court and led to a conviction.
Background: Boy claims he was beaten, tied up by bullies
Authorities have not said whether the boy will face charges for making up the story.