CONSTANTIA, N.Y. (AP) – Authorities say a New York man was joking when he showed up at a neighbor’s house with handcuffs attached to his wrist and claimed to have just shot a state trooper.
The neighbor fell for the joke and called 911. Now, 59-year-old Leonard Graumenz faces charges of reckless endangerment and falsely reporting a crime.
Police say the incident occurred Saturday when Graumenz attached handcuffs to one of his wrists and told his neighbor he had crashed his truck and shot a trooper trying to arrest him.
Police say after responding to the neighbor’s 911 call, troopers determined Graumenz had made it all up.
He was issued a ticket and ordered to appear in town court Sept. 18.
A message left at a phone listing for Graumenz in Constantia wasn’t returned.
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