Man Fakes Kidnapping to Extort Money from His Mother

A man with a bag over his head and his hands tied behind his back fell out of a moving car and slammed onto the interstate pavement. A barrage of 911 calls poured in from witnesses, and shortly after, police arrived in haste. The man, John R. McPhail, with blood dripping and scrapes on his face, told them he had been kidnapped in Camas, his hometown in Oregon. 

According to KOIN Channel 6, his tale prompted multiple agencies to investigate, as police originally feared there might be more victims being held. This all sounded like a Hollywood movie plot unfolding before their eyes.

That is, until they realized he was not being truthful at all. After further conversations, investigators quickly became suspicious of many inconsistencies in McPhail’s story. After further interrogation by police, he eventually confessed that the kidnapping was staged in an attempt to get money from his mother. The plan, however, failed (AKA McPhail'd) as quickly as it began.

It begs the question: What kind of son pulls a caper like this on his own mother!

He was then arrested on suspicion of initiating a false police report and conspiracy to commit first-degree theft.

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