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Sheriff: New charge filed against Upstate man who claimed he was kidnapped

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Kelvin Durham (Source: UCSO) Kelvin Durham (Source: UCSO)
Threat spray-painted on missing man's door (July 31, 2017/FOX Carolina) Threat spray-painted on missing man's door (July 31, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Investigators search for Kelvin Jerome Durham.  (7/31/17 FOX Carolina) Investigators search for Kelvin Jerome Durham. (7/31/17 FOX Carolina)
Investigators search for Kelvin Jerome Durham.  (7/31/17 FOX Carolina) Investigators search for Kelvin Jerome Durham. (7/31/17 FOX Carolina)
Investigators search for Kelvin Jerome Durham.  (7/31/17 FOX Carolina) Investigators search for Kelvin Jerome Durham. (7/31/17 FOX Carolina)
UNION, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies with the Union County Sheriff's Office say they have located and arrested a 24-year-old man who filed a false kidnapping reported over the weekend.

On Sunday around 9:30 p.m., Kelvin Jerome Durham called dispatchers to report he was being chased. Deputies said dispatchers then lost contact with Durham and could not get him back on the phone.

When deputies arrived at 2300 Cross Keys Highway, the area where Durham reported being chased, they said they found a 2007 black BMW belonging to him, but Durham was nowhere to be found.

The scene turned into an investigation.

According to an incident report from Union Public Safety, officers were called to Durham's home on North Church Street around 6 a.m. on Saturday after his grandmother found the message "I will kill you" spray-painted in white on their door.

His grandmother said Durham was home at the time of the incident and was recently the victim of a hit-and-run crash while walking on foot.

Police who responded to the scene confirmed a black BMW was in the driveway when they responded, but no one answered the door.

Deputies began searching the property on Monday but to no avail. Investigators packed up their things and said they believe there is no reason to continue searching in that area.

Around 9:50 p.m. on Monday, deputies said Durham had been located and was being questioned by investigators.

Durham told investigators he was kidnapped by an individual in a Dodge Charger and his face was covered by the alleged kidnapper. Taylor said Durham told them he was able to escape the vehicle when the driver stopped to use the bathroom.

Durham then called 911 after running to a neighboring home on Whitmire Highway, Taylor said.

Sheriff David Taylor said Durham was charged with trespassing. According to Taylor, he trespassed on a property where he said he was fishing before the kidnapping incident.

Taylor said State Law Enforcement Division agents are in Union County assisting with the investigation.

On Wednesday, Taylor confirmed Durham was also charged with filing a false police report and issued a $6,000 bond. He said Durham continued to insist his version of events was true, but investigators have been able to disprove the alleged kidnapping.

Taylor said there could be more arrests in the coming days.

An investigation into the threat painted on his door remains ongoing.

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