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Man Fakes Kidnapping But Mom Won't Pay $200 Ransom

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Zachery Logsdon, 25, allegedly tried to fake a kidnapping in order to get $200 for drugs. | Knox County Sheriffs Office

A man accused of staging his own kidnapping failed to quickly make cash when his mother wasn't willing to pay his ransom.

Zachery Logsdon, 25, of Knoxville, Tenn., allegedly sent his mother text messages on April 18 claiming his drug dealer was going to kill him if he didn't pay $200, reports.

Logsdon's mother repeatedly asked if he was telling the truth because, she told police, he had tried this scam before in order to get drug money, according to

This time around, she called 911. With her help, investigators set up a meeting to drop off the money. When Logsdon came to get the cash, he saw investigators and ran, according to the Tennesseean newspaper.

After a short chase, Logsdon was taken into custody and charged with filing a false report and resisting arrest, reports.

He is being held at the Knox County Jail in lieu of $3,500, or $3,300 more than the amount he allegedly asked for his fake ransom.

Knoxville Police Officer Darrell DeBusk told the New York Daily News, he was unsure why the suspect chose $200 as the ransom amount.

"That was just the amount he used. Why he used that amount, we don't know," he said.

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