JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Two men have been arrested in connection for actions they allegedly took during the missing persons investigation of a woman who claimed she was abducted.
James Gasiewski, 30, and Jacob Eggleston, 31, both of Johnstown, were arrested for actions that took place on June 29 in the town of Caroga.
According to police, both men knew Rachael Mattice, who was the subject of a large missing person investigation in Fulton County and Hamilton County. During the search effort, false information was posted on social media that claimed Mattice was being held in a private, Caroga residence.
Police said Eggleston drove Gasiewski to the residence where he threw an ignited smoke producing device through a window into the house. Gasiewski then called 911 and reported the house was on fire in hopes of first responders arriving to the residence, searching it and finding Mattice inside.
There was no one inside the residence at the time, and fire personnel extinguished the smoke device.
Gasiewski was charged with Reckless Endangerment of Property and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. Eggleston was charged with Conspiracy in the Sixth Degree.
Both were released on appearance tickets for the Town of Caroga Court. There is no information that Rachael Mattice had any involvement or knowledge of the incident.
Mattice returned to her mother’s Johnstown home on July 6. She has since been arrested and accused of falsely reporting an incident. Mattice maintains she was kidnapped.