Man accused of fabricating kidnap tale
What sounded like a nightmarish three-day ordeal was an elaborate lie, Lenoir police say, and the man who told the story was charged on Monday for it.
Joseph Scott Bolick, 22, told police on Nov. 3 he was taken from his father's home at 514 Cedar Place at gunpoint two days earlier and driven to Wilkes County by drug dealers to whom he owed $80, beaten repeatedly and shot in the ear before escaping and running for his life through briars.
The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office and Lenoir Police Department investigated, but after talking with witnesses they found inconsistencies with his story, Lenoir Capt. Brent Phelps said.
"Some of it was true, but most of it was fabricated," he said. "I can't reveal much of what was and what wasn't, but he was in Wilkes County on his own accord."
The Wilkes County Sheriff's Office is seeking a warrant for filing a false report, but that had not yet been filed, said Maj. David Carson of the department.
Bolick, who has run afoul of the law on numerous occasions, was also jailed Monday on unrelated charges of and resisting an officer and failing to appear in court last week, when he was scheduled for a hearing on charges of larceny and consuming alcohol at an off-premises establishment. Those charges stem from unrelated incidents in March: Police say in Bolick was seen drinking alcohol in front of the Tobacco To Go convenience store on March 18, and on March 21 he was accused of stealing a woman's wallet along with $350 in cash, a Social Security card, food stamps and a cellphone valued at $350.
The N.C. Division of Adult Correction shows Bolick has prior convictions for assault on a female, false imprisonment, larceny and breaking and entering.