‘Kidnapped’ UT student arrested, accused of lying to police

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas at Austin student who told KXAN Tuesday that he was kidnapped and robbed outside of his apartment is in the Travis County jail Thursday. 

UT student Daniel Mullan has been charged with perjury and providing false information to a police officer. At last report, he was in the Travis County Jail.

Thursday morning, court paperwork revealed that an arrest warrant had been issued for one of the alleged suspects. 

The District Attorney’s office confirmed charges were dropped against that original suspect because of insufficient evidence because the “complaining witness lied to the police about [the] offense.”

According to the arresting affidavit, an interview with one of the kidnapping suspects revealed holes in Mullen’s first sworn statement.

Mullen stated he was grabbed off the street, but during the interrogation, one of the suspects told officers he had met Mullen in his apartment, even adding corroborating details of the apartment’s layout.

After being picked up by officers, Mullen provided a second statement where he admitted to lying about the kidnapping, and about being threatened with a gun.

Mullen has been arrested on a perjury charge, and his bond is set at $10,000.

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