‘Migrant’ filed fake kidnapping report so he’d have something to post on TikTok: Chicago police

CHICAGO — A man faces felony charges for allegedly filing a false police report—claiming that his 10-year-old son was kidnapped at the Art Institute—because he wanted something to post on TikTok.

Chicago police units across the city were told to be on the lookout for the 10-year-old and the man’s 2018 Chevy Silverado, which were supposedly missing. Dispatchers told officers that a migrant left his son inside the truck for 10 minutes on Monday morning, but the boy and the vehicle were gone when he returned.

Dispatchers provided detailed descriptions of the boy and the truck, but it all turned out to be a prank Gomez played to generate material for his TikTok account, according to his arrest report.

Manuel Gomez | Chicago Police Department; TikTok

When Chicago cops first met with Gomez in the 7100 block of South Luella, he identified himself as “Joey Sanchez” and explained that his 10-year-old had been kidnapped and his truck stolen from 111 South Michigan, the report said.

But his story started falling apart when officers took him to meet with detectives at Area Three headquarters at Belmont and Western. He eventually admitted he “made the story up for TikTok,” the arrest report said. No kidnapping or auto theft had occurred.

The CPD report said Gomez lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has a Tulsa-area phone number, but court files list a home address in Schiller Park. Either way, he is 19 years old, which would seem to reduce his chances of having a 10-year-old son. It is unclear if he is a migrant, but the police report lists Venezuela as his birthplace.

He is charged with felony disorderly conduct by filing a false report and misdemeanor obstruction of identification. Judge Susana Ortiz released him from custody on Tuesday afternoon.

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