Man arrested for misleading police about fabricated Water Wizz kidnapping

Jul 28, 2017
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Matthew McGonnigal.

Wareham Police have arrested a man who allegedly concocted an elaborate story about how he thwarted the attempted kidnapping of a young girl in a Water Wizz parking.

On July 27, charged Matthew McGonnigal, 27, of Weymouth with unlawful wiretapping, false report of a crime and impeding a police investigation.

The charges came after McGonnigal continued to claim he prevented a kidnapping, going so far as to record an interaction he had with police while reporting the alleged crime.

It started two weeks ago with a Facebook post that went viral among people in Wareham and the surrounding area. Taylor Leonard detailed the incident, which was relayed to her by her boyfriend, Matt McGonnigal.

McGonnigal said while walking to their car to place their phones inside, he heard a girl screaming inside another vehicle, according to the post, which has since been deleted.

An altercation ensued that involved swearing, McGonnigal hitting the would-be kidnapper, and a police response that resulted in the offender being arrested, the post read. Leonard said McGonnigal saved the girl's life and is a "hero."

Police said their investigation showed the incident never occurred. According to officers, McGonnigal secretly audio recorded a conversation he had with police during the course of their investigation, a violation of the state’s wiretapping law.

Police said McGonnigal was arrested without incident and his motives for allegedly making up the story remain unclear.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 28, 2017 12:34

So glad they caught this "Hero".

Posted by: Doctor Deekas | Jul 28, 2017 13:03

Water Wizz should follow with informing, this hero, of a lifetime ban from their park, like Fenway did with the fellow that couldn't keep his mouth closed.

Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 28, 2017 13:18

You couldn't make this stuff up..

Wait, too late.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 28, 2017 13:19

Maybe he sat on the fountain and now has an inflated ego

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 28, 2017 19:52

How dumb can you be ? Just ask this moron ... After a sad week of news around here we needed some stupidity to lighten things up ... The magnet was in full force with this guy

Posted by: desertsky | Jul 29, 2017 08:31

how bizarre...and handy to stop by the WPD and get arrested! He's definitely a shining star...gotta love the magnet

Posted by: Buzz 123 | Jul 30, 2017 10:42

What is going on with all these people making false statements? What is wrong with this generation? How stupid sending police on a wild goose chase that someone was kidnaped. The court should give him the maximum punishment and make an example out of this moron. The police do a great job getting these low life's of the street and don't need this foolishness when their time is valuable saving lives and getting these drunks off the streets before they kill innocent people.

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