Man returns home to Egypt after being cleared of attempted kidnapping charge in W.Va.

Published: Apr. 8, 2019 at 1:28 PM EDT
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A man is back home in Egypt after investigators say he was falsely accused of a crime, arrested, and released from jail in Cabell County, West Virginia.

Mohamed Zayan's lawyer released a photo to WHSV's sister station, WSAZ, of her client traveling back home Sunday evening. She says a Barboursville Police officer accompanied Zayan at Yeager Airport to ensure everything went smoothly.

About a week ago, a woman

. The mother told police Zayan tried to kidnap her 5-year-old daughter inside Old Navy at the Huntington Mall ad that she fended off the attempted abduction by drawing a gun.

The incident happened Monday, April 1. In a criminal complaint, she went into even greater detail, describing a frightening scene where a Middle Eastern man dragged the girl by the hair as she dropped to the floor.

But when surveillance video did not match the mother's account and no witnesses could be found to confirm her story, the woman – identified as 24-year-old Santana Adams, of Milton, changed her story, calling it a "cultural misunderstanding."

Police said Zayan was most likely just patting the girl on the head. Surveillance


and charged her with falsely reporting an emergency. She faces up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

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