ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Fairbanks man has been hit with charges by Alaska State Troopers, after he allegedly tried to incriminate a neighbor by punching himself in the face.
According to AST, troopers responded to a reported assault at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday on Happyjack Street in Fairbanks, where they found 50-year-old Tony Gesin.
“(Gesin) called 911, reported being assaulted by a neighbor and began punching himself in the face to cause injury,” troopers wrote in a Monday dispatch. “(Gesin) reported being assaulted to responding Troopers as well but ultimately admitted to punching himself in the face and reporting it in an attempt to get his neighbor arrested for assault.”
AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the call was the latest development in a matter where the neighbors were seemingly unable to reach a face-saving resolution.
“Apparently the two neighbors have an ongoing dispute in regard to property,” Peters said.
According to Peters, troopers and other police agencies investigate fake calls just as diligently as they do real ones, which leads to the waste of public resources when they are called frivolously.
“I think what that report highlights to people is that if you file a false report, there are repercussions,” Peters said. “And then you have to face the embarrassment of punching yourself in the face and people finding out about it.”
Gesin was arrested and charged with making a false report to law enforcement.