- Brian Michael Rini, 23, told police in Kentucky on Wednesday that he was Timmothy Pitzen – a boy who went missing from a Chicago suburb in 2011.
- A DNA test proved Rini was not Timmothy and revealed instead that the man had a criminal history dating back to 2013.
- Rini told investigators that he lied about his identity because he wanted to get away from his own family, and has been charged with making false statements to federal agents.
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The 23-year-old man who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen – a boy who went missing from a Chicago suburb in 2011, aged 6 – has been charged with making false statements to federal agents, the FBI said.
Brian Michael Rini, who was previously erroneously reported to be 24, was booked into Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday night.
He told investigators that he lied about his identity because he wanted to get away from his own family, according to the complaint filed on Friday seen by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Rini told investigators that he learned about Timmothy’s case through a rerun of the news program 20/20 and “wished he had a father like Timmothy.”
U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman told the Enquirer that Rini had claimed to be a victim of sex trafficking twice before.
On Wednesday Rini, from Medina, Ohio, had told police in Kentucky he had escaped kidnappers and was Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who had gone missing eight years ago, following his mother’s suicide in 2011. Pitzen would now be 14 years old.
A DNA test revealed Rini was not Timmothy and instead revealed that he was in the DNA database for criminals.
Rini has a criminal record dating back to 2013, and has previously been charged with making false alarms and passing bad checks, according to documents seen by NBC Chicago. He was arrested in 2018 for hosting a party that allegedly caused $US1,250 in damages.
He recently served an 18-month sentence for burglary and vandalism and was released from prison on March 7, The New York Post reported.
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