A man who said he was robbed and kidnapped Friday night has been arrested on suspicion of falsely reporting a crime and burglarizing the business he worked for, local authorities said.
Kris Wenberg, 21, was arrested Wednesday morning at his home, Douglas County Jail records said. During an interview with 6News and the Lawrence Journal-World on Tuesday, the man described how he was knocked unconscious and driven to a country road north of Lawrence by two men who stole the keys to his employer, Long John Silver’s, 1503 W. 23rd St.
Wenberg was treated at the hospital for the injuries he received during the alleged kidnapping and had a staple placed in his head to close a gash.
On Tuesday, Lawrence police said they were actively investigating the reported crimes and made no indication that the story was possibly made up.
Wenberg will likely have his first appearance in court on Thursday. He’s being held in Douglas County Jail on $3,000 bond, according to jail records.
Brian Farrar, a 24-year-old homeless man, was charged with burglary and theft in the case, court records said. Police said Farrar is an acquaintance of Wenberg’s who was also involved with the break-in at the restaurant.
Police are seeking a third suspect and ask anyone with information about the crime to call Crimestoppers, at 843-8477 (TIPS).