A west suburban man has been charged after sending friends a text message saying he had been kidnapped, leading up to an hours-long, multi-unit police investigation that ended early Saturday with the man saying it was all a joke.
At a Sunday bond court appearance, Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. admonished Matthew Barker for “wasting the police’s time” and released him on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Barker and members of his band Testify, a Rage Against the Machine cover band, had finished up their set about 10:45 p.m. at the Abbey Pub at 3420 W. Grace St. in the Irving Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side when Barker told a bandmate that he was going down the street to a liquor store and would be back in five minutes, according to a police report.When it got to be 12:30 a.m. and no one had heard from Barker, another band mate got a text message from him stating: "I’ve been kidnapped. Call the police."His friends repeatedly tried reaching him on his cell phone and when Barker didn’t answer, they did call police and officers and detectives began hunting for him at the closest liquor store, according to the police report.
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