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Police: Peekskill Man Makes False Statement to Police about Abduction in Yorktown

Robert Jeter, 26, admitted to police he made false statements. Police were investigating his disappearance last week as a possible abduction.

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. 

joshua tanner October 24, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Knew this story was going to spin weird in the end
Monica G G October 24, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I hope he gets a bill for the expenses he caused. That'll teach him
Evan Bray October 24, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I would love to know why the investigation, which included a dozen patrol cars and a police helicopter, shut down the intersection a few feet from my house for 4-5 hours. We were told that they were looking for a gps (I assume phone) and they weren't sure if this guy was there. It was very disconcerting for the entire neighborhood. He better darn well get a bill for that search team. I'd also like an explanation as to why they ended up there; there's no mention of this activity in any of the reporting. You'd think it was a quick look at the JV mall and then this guy just turns up at home. This diverted serious resources and monies from real problems. Is there a way to dig up the false report this jerk filed?
leesther brown October 24, 2012 at 06:43 PM
While this young man had an entire home community upset as well when this was first reported and yes he wasted a lot of folks time and money(Thank You to agencies that responded) there's something troubling this young man that he felt he needed to create this farce,and while he should be responsible for his actions the Courts need to adjudicate him to some form of counseling to find out why....I'm not sure jail is the answer.....Such a nice young man from my observance of him...but you never know now days! but I'll hold out on the hope that he gets the attention he so obviously needs...#littleboywhocriedwolf...
LJ October 26, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Dont be so quick to jump to conclusions The article states what he WROTE was false NOT what happened to him was false
Evan Bray October 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Fair enough. Would love some details.

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