A failing student’s kidnapping turns out to be a diversion concocted by this college student who was afraid to tell his parents he received a failing grade for the second time in his English course. The kid disappeared into the woods on a solo camping trip after sending a text message with instructions to his parents from the kidnapper. He then let the scenario play out long enough for them to be happy to get him back, hopefully forgetting about the failing school grade, according to Yahoo News, on May 17, 2013.
This bizarre plot was conjured up by 19-year-old Aftab Aslam, which ended up with several law enforcement agencies involved in the search and investigation, including the FBI. The “intensive investigation” to find this “kidnapped” Georgia Gwinnett College student began at the end of April when he was reported missing from his home in suburban Atlanta.
Authorities had very little to go on. The only thing they had as a clue was the phone which was used to send a text message from the kidnappers. That cell phone was found near the student’s home. The text message from that phone informed his parents of his kidnapping and warned them not to call authorities or their son would be killed.
After eight days of his solitaire camping, the weather turned chilly and wet, prompting Aslam to emerge from the woods while still keeping his “kidnapping” story intact. His false story continued by telling law enforcement that he was “let go.” He also claimed he was drugged by the people who held him captive through this ordeal, so he couldn’t provide very many details.
Finally, the kid came clean and told authorities the truth. He was afraid to tell his parents he had failed his college English course for the second time, creating this elaborate kidnapping scenario as an avoidance in having to tell them. He admitted to planning this kidnapping attempt right down to purchasing the cell phone he used to text the kidnapping message to his parents.
Aslam now finds himself in much more trouble than he would be in for failing a college course, as the Johns Creek Police charged him with making false statements, making false reports, tampering with evidence and terroristic threats. More than likely Aslam’s failing grade doesn’t look too bad anymore, considering he is now sitting in jail for this elaborate diversion scheme.
Now part of his story has come true, the part about being held captive. Aslam is now in jail without bail, so he will experience being held in captivity as he stated in his false report. It is not known why he was so frightened to tell his parents of his failing grade, but he’s now presented his parents with a much bigger problem than flunking a class.