Fredrick Gamble arrested after pretending to be kidnapped

A man who desperately pleaded for help on Facebook and claimed gunmen kidnapped him was arrested when police discovered it was a sham.

Fredrick Gamble, 26, posted the apparently terrified post at 4:22 a.m. Tuesday, claiming he was abducted while walking in Helena, a town of 9,000 residents in eastern Arkansas.

“Please help me,” Gamble wrote. “I was just kidnapped while walking into Helena. I’m in the back of a gray van.”

Gamble said he didn’t know where he was being taken, but saw the first three characters of the license plate, which began with “AE3.”

Hundreds of people have commented on the post and it has been shared more than 4,000 times.

His mother, Cynthia Sparks, went to the Helena-West Helena Police Department around 7:30 that morning to report that her son had posted a message on social media claiming he had been kidnapped.

Fredrick Gamble, 26, posted the apparently terrified post at 4:22 a.m. Tuesday, claiming he was abducted while walking in Helena, a town of 9,000 residents in eastern Arkansas.
Facebook/Fredrick Gamble

Police investigators spent most of the day looking for Gamble on Tuesday, and a report of his possible kidnapping even made the local news.

But the police were eventually alerted to his real location – his girlfriend’s house.

A photo of Fredrick Gamble's Facebook post about being kidnapped.
“Please help me,” Gamble wrote on Facebook. “I was just kidnapped while walking into Helena. I’m in the back of a gray van.”
Facebook/Fredrick Gamble

After executing a search warrant of the home, authorities found Gamble inside with Nicole Rohrscheib, 42, according to KATV.

Gamble was arrested and charged with filing a false report, possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.

A photo of Fredrick Gamble.
Police arrested Gamble and charged Gamble with filing a false report, possessing a firearm and possessing a controlled substance.
Facebook/Fredrick Gamble

Gamble faces additional charges for fleeing during a traffic stop on Monday, police said.

He was charged with fleeing, failing to stop at a stop sign three times, driving with a suspended license, careless and prohibited driving, and equipment failure as a result of a traffic stop.

His girlfriend was also arrested and charged with obstructing apprehension or prosecution, police said.

Bond hearings are scheduled for the couple on Wednesday.

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