Man initially accused of abduction attempt returns to Egypt

April 9, 2019
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Santana Renee Adams is arraigned on charges for falsely reporting an emergency incident at Cabell County Magistrate Court, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Huntington, W.Va. The charges stem from Adams falsely reporting that an Egyptian man attempted to kidnap her daughter from a West Virginia shopping mall Monday evening. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney says an Egyptian man who authorities say was falsely accused of trying to kidnap a young girl at a West Virginia shopping mall has returned home.

Public defender Michelle Protzman told The Herald-Dispatch Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan returned to his home in Alexandria, Egypt, on Sunday. The 54-year-old engineer had been in West Virginia for work.

Protzman says Barboursville police drove Zayan to the Charleston airport Saturday as a courtesy.

On Friday, Santana Renee Adams was charged with falsely reporting an emergency incident.

Adams initially told police a man grabbed her 5-year-old daughter by the hair inside a clothing store April 1 and tried to pull her away but stopped when Adams produced a gun. Adams later changed her account. Police said Zayan may have simply been patting the girl on the head.


Information from: The Herald-Dispatch, http://www.herald-dispatch.com