Clackamas, OR (KPTV) — A boy who told police that bullies assaulted him, tied him up and left him on the side of Southeast 82nd Avenue made up the story, deputies said Tuesday.
Clackamas County Sgt. Adam Phillips said the boy, who is between 10 and 12 years old, lied because he wasn't going to be home on time on the night in question and he didn't want to get in trouble.
Sheriff's investigators started looking into the boy's report after he was spotted by a couple driving down the street at about 9:15 p.m. on June 6.
Witness Mi'Lane Cremeans said the boy was "hog-tied," with his ankles and wrists bound together with shoelaces.
"It looked so painful that the sheriff couldn't even wait for someone to come to take photos, he just went ahead and cut him loose," Cremeans told FOX 12 earlier this month.
The boy would later tell deputies that two boys harassed him near 82nd Avenue and Harmony Road, and that the harassment escalated to the point where he was found tied up.
When the child admitted to making up the story, he demonstrated to detectives how he tied himself up, Phillips said.
No charges have been filed against the boy.