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Cops: Man falsely reports stabbing, kidnapping

Steve LynnVail, CO Colorado
Chad R. Vittetoe
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EDWARDS, Colorado A man who claimed to have been kidnapped and stabbed was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession and reporting a crime that didnt take place, Colorado State Trooper Chris Grimsley said. Chad R. Vittetoe, 36, of Arvada, told authorities he was carjacked and kidnapped when he stopped to fill his pickup truck with gas about 2:30 p.m. Friday in Douglas County, Grimsley said. Vittetoe said two men at the gas station blindfolded him, hit his head and dropped him off in his underwear somewhere in Summit County, Grimsley said. Vittetoe called authorities on his cell phone, but he said the kidnappers came back, drove him to Eagle County and knocked him unconscious again, Grimsley said. He just had a very fishy story, Grimsley said. Vittetoe said he woke up, walked down a dirt road in Singletree and found his pickup truck. He said he drove it to the Edwards rest stop, where police found him asleep Saturday after authorities pinpointed the location of his cell phone, Grimsley said. Grimsley said Vittetoes failure to report the alleged crime to authorities when Vittetoe was at the rest stop also was odd. If it was me, Id probably try to find help, Grimsley said. Grimsley said Vittetoe had neither stab wounds nor serious injuries, according to a doctor who evaluated Vittetoes condition.Vittetoe was arrested on suspicion of false reporting to authorities and possession of cocaine because he had a small amount, Grimsley said. Vittetoe was being held on a $7,500 bond in Eagle County jail Sunday afternoon. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 970-748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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