A 26-year-old Peekskill man, whose disappearance last week was being investigated as a possible abduction, has been arrested for lying to Yorktown police, officials said.
Robert Jeter was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with making a false written statement, a misdemeanor.
Police did not say what his motives were or why he made the false statements.
Jeter called his sister on Oct. 17 and told her that he was being followed by two individuals in the parking lot of the Jefferson Valley Mall, police said. The woman, who police said reported that incident, told police Jeter had been receiving threatening text messages for about a week.
Ten officers from the Yorktown police department along with the Westchester County Canine and Westchester Aviation units conducted an extensive search of mall and surrounded area, police said. Robert Jeter's vehicle, which was unoccupied and parked in a truck loading dock, was located at the mall. Members of the Westchester County Crime Scene Unit also assisted with the investigation.
However, investigation revealed there were "inconsistencies with the initial report," police said.
Jeter was found at his home later that same day. Police said he was suffering from non-life threatening injuries and was being treated at a local hospital. Police did not say what kind of injuries the man sustained.
The following day, Oct. 18, the man appeared at Yorktown police headquarters where he wrote what police now call a false statement regarding what had happened to him on Oct. 17.
On Oct. 23, Jeter voluntarily arrived at the police department and admitted to police that his previous statements were false. As a result, he was arrested and later released.
Jeter is due in court on Nov. 27.
Click here to read the original report of Jeter's disappearance.