When ghosts are the focus of spooky stories, they usually fall under two categories—malevolent or munificent. But have you ever heard the one about the amped-up specter that frames unsuspecting citizens in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana? It’s quite a story.
Submitted for your approval: A man from West Monroe called police on Wednesday claiming to have recently been stabbed in the head with an axe, according to KNOE 8 News, a local Monroe, Louisiana-based outlet.
But when deputies with the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office arrived, they said they found the caller, Michael L. Auttonberry, at his home’s front door, cursing at people who were "obviously not there,” according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com.
There was no evidence that Auttonberry, 59, had sustained any injuries to his head, police said, and they concluded that he was definitely not hit with any kind of ax.
An irate and uncooperative Auttonberry, meanwhile, had to be placed in handcuffs for officer safety. He went on to claim that there were intruders inside his home.
"Upon searching the room no persons were located, however in plain view on a night stand [there was an] open brown paper containing approximately one gram of suspected methamphetamine," the report said.
They also found a pill bottle with seemingly another gram of meth in it.
"Michael stated ghosts or intruders placed the methamphetamine on him, then stated they were currently climbing out the window near by, which was not accurate."
Auttenberry has been charged with providing a false police report and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
His bond has been set at $5,000 according to online jail records. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer at this time.
[Photo: Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office]
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