Court date set for local gay activist charged with faking his kidnapping

Police: Local activist made up kidnapping report
Published: Mar. 3, 2015 at 9:02 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 10, 2015 at 12:17 PM EDT
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Adam Hoover, 20. (FOX19 NOW file photo)
Adam Hoover, 20. (FOX19 NOW file photo)
Green Township police Sgt. Jim Vetter explains why Adam Hoover was charged with making up his...
Green Township police Sgt. Jim Vetter explains why Adam Hoover was charged with making up his kidnapping. (FOX19 NOW/Dale Lutz)

GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A court date will take place later this month for a local gay rights activist and Chipotle worker accused of faking his own kidnapping and then pleading for help on social media

Adam Hoover, 20, of Harrison, was summoned to appear March 20 in Hamilton County Municipal Court on a misdemeanor charge of making false alarms, court records show.

Hoover claimed in a March 3 Facebook posting he was forced into the trunk of his car at the restaurant's Glenway Avenue location. He said his abductor threatened to kill his family.

The postings, which were re-tweeted by dozens, went on to disclose his mother's cell phone number and asked followers to “protect my family.” He then provided his home address in Harrison.

"I'm somewhere on 275 towards my. Please please call. I don't want to die."

Some 100 calls flooded the Hamilton County's emergency communications center about 12:30 a.m., dispatchers said.

Authorities from several jurisdictions including Green Township police swarmed the area and embarked on a manhunt. They tracked him by the pings on his cell phone, according to 911 calls.

Hoover and his vehicle were found about an hour later found on at a house on U.S. 50 Whitewater Township. He was not hurt, police said.

A woman who lives on Miamiview Road called 911 to report he knocked on her door seeking help and saying he'd been kidnapped.

"I was asleep on my couch and some kid is at my front door. I don't want to open it. He said somebody is after him and he needs help," she told a dispatcher. Hoover can be heard crying in the 911 call while describing the escape from his captors when the car was at a stoplight.

He was taken to sheriff's headquarters to talk investigators, who announced the charge against him a few hours later.

Police said they remain unsure why Hoover faked his own kidnapping.

"It would be unfair to speculate why he did it because I don't have those answers right now," said Green Township police Lt. Jim Vetter.

Hoover's mother, Anna, took to his Facebook account by 9:45 a.m. Tuesday to thank the public for their support and prayers. Then, she requested privacy as the family works to help him.

Hoover works with Marriage Equality Ohio and recently led efforts to install a permanent memorial honoring Leelah Alcorn.

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