LOCKEFORD -- San Joaquin County deputies say they arrested a San Jose man on Tuesday who faked being kidnapped so he could go gambling.
According to Les Garcia, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, Juan Darwin Martinez, 25, was found at the Food Mart in Lockeford on Tuesday afternoon after he had led law enforcement to believe he had been kidnapped by three black males as he left a San Jose liquor store.
Garcia said the man called his girlfriend and San Jose police Monday night and reported that he had been kidnapped and was left with only his phone and his car.
Martinez told officers he had been bound and gagged and led to a storage shed where he pleaded for his life. He said his kidnappers threatened to kill him but eventually let him go after taking $1,500 and his uncashed payroll check, according to Garcia.
Martinez said that after the men left he was able to untie himself and he walked to his car, which he found up the road with the keys still inside.
Garcia said detectives discovered Martinez had been gambling at Jackson Rancheria in the Mother Lode town of Jackson from about 10 p.m. Monday until 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. He had been playing High Stakes Texas Hold'em.
Martinez was spotted on the casino's security video, wearing the same clothing he had on while being interviewed by deputies. Martinez at first denied being in Jackson but said he has been there in the past. He eventually admitted to being at the casino
Martinez was arrested and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for filing a false police report. He was released Wednesday morning. It was unknown if bail was set.
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