Police were in the process of obtaining arrest warrants Tuesday evening for a half-dozen people after determining that a report that a Killeen toddler was kidnapped was not only false, but also that the toddler didn’t exist at all.
Police were told that Jamal Powell, 3, was abducted by a man and a woman during the late night hours on Feb. 11 from a home in the 4800 block of Golden Gate Drive.
The report led to a major search that involved law enforcement agencies stretching from Central Texas to Indiana.
“Through the investigation it was determined that the report of Jamal Powell being kidnapped was false,” police said in a press release Tuesday night.
“The reporting parties fabricated the identity of Jamal Powell in an attempt to get a faster response from local law enforcement; there was never a child,” police said.
Officers were told on Feb. 11 that a man and a woman took money and a vehicle at gunpoint and escaped with the youngster.
“The report of a gun being involved in this case is also fictitious,” police said Wednesday night.
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