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Friday, September 29, 2023

A Gainesville man who reported that he had been kidnapped from a Shands at UF parking garage Thursday night admitted Monday that the incident never occurred.

David Jerome Washington, 20, came to the Criminal Investigations Division of the University Police and told officers he had never been kidnapped, according to a police report.

He was then arrested and charged with the misdemeanor crime of making a false police report.

On Friday, Washington signed a sworn document stating he had been blindfolded, bound and placed in a trunk, according to his arrest report.

He said he was later dropped off at a local Wal-Mart unharmed.

Washington, a Shands employee, was being held at the Alachua County Jail on Monday night.

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