Man charged with lying to police after saying he was kidnapped, robbed in Harbor Town

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On March 22, a man told Memphis police he had been kidnapped and robbed in Harbor Town, but police determined his story was false.

Police went to 50 Harbor Town Square, where the man told them his 2016 Mazda CX-5, a cell phone and $750 cash had been stolen.

According to an affidavit, the man, identified as Alberto Jenkins, 24, said he was walking to his car when four or five men got into his car and told him to drive.

The men reportedly said they were going to “pick something up.”

At some point Jenkins was forced out of the vehicle after being robbed, the affidavit said.

Police determined the story was inconsistent and possibly false.

After an interview, Jenkins admitted he was lying, the affidavit said.

He told police he was actually trying to buy cocaine and was driving around with the men looking for drugs.

At some point he got scared and abandoned his vehicle and property, leaving it with the men, according to the affidavit.

Jenkins is charged with False Reporting.