Police arrest man after staged kidnapping

0725 Clackamas County kidnappingClackamas County, Ore. – Police are investigating after a man who had his hands tied and a bag over his head fell out of a car on I-205 south of Portland.

According to Oregon State Police, emergency responders received numerous calls around 10:00 Monday morning reporting that a man fell out of a silver Dodge Neon near Johnson Creek Boulevard. Callers said the man had a bag over his head with his hands bound behind his back.

Police said the vehicle stopped after the man fell out, and two men exited the car and approached the man who was tied up. The two men returned to the vehicle when witnesses stopped at the scene.

Troopers identified the man who fell from the car as 57-year-old Camas, Washington resident John R. McPhail. He was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

OSP said McPhail told investigators he had been kidnapped, but inconsistencies in his statements lead investigators to arrest him for initiating a false report and conspiracy to commit theft.

The Camas Police Department said McPhail eventually confessed the kidnapping was staged in an attempt to get money from his mother.

Police said they’re trying to locate 36-year-old Justin M. Gibson and 33-year-old Joseph L. Gibson as they are considered witnesses to the incident. They were last seen driving a 2000 Silver Plymouth Neon with a Washington plate of AYW4837.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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