West Orange man who said he had been kidnapped by police reportedly admits to lying

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A West Orange man who allegedly told police he had been abducted by plainclothes officers and later dumped on a township street has now been charged for making up the crime, according to a press release from the township.

Victor White, 24, of Chestnut Street has been charged with filing a false police report after he allegedly admitted to officials that he had fabricated the story to cover up cheating on his girlfriend.

White and his girlfriend reported to police on Aug. 31 that he had been walking along Maple Street when two plainclothes officers in a dark-colored SUV stopped him at around 3 a.m. for being drunk in public.

According to a statement the man reportedly gave police, he had sustained injuries after he was arrested, beaten and later dumped onto Mississippi Avenue. Police conducted an extensive investigation into White’s claims, including contacting Montclair and Orange law enforcement officials to attempt to match the man’s descriptions of the officers alleged to be involved.

After his claims could not be substantiated, White allegedly admitted during questioning that he had lied so that his girlfriend would not discover he had been with another woman.

White could face up to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $10,000, if convicted.