A woman who falsely reported that her Toyota Camry had been carjacked in South Los Angeles with her 16-year-old son inside, sparking an Amber Alert, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report, city prosecutors announced today.
60 Days In Jail
Charline Gatson entered the plea Thursday, and she was immediately
placed on three years probation and ordered to serve 60 days in jail, although
it’s unclear exactly how much time she will actually spend behind bars.
According to the City Attorney’ Office, Gatson must also pay a $220
fine, with a restitution hearing expected to be held later.
Carjacked At Gunpoint Story
On July 6, Gatson told police that her black 2014 Camry was carjacked at
gunpoint around 4 p.m. that day at 47th and Figueroa streets, according to
the Los Angeles Police Department.
Gatson identified a 31-year-old acquaintance as the suspect. But as it
turned out, Gatson had lent her car to the woman, who refused to return the
vehicle after having it for several days, police allege.
No Carjacking, No Kidnapping
Detectives learned “there was no carjacking, nor was there a minor child involved at any time,” according to the LAPD. Police said the motive
behind the false report was unknown, but “it is believed she simply wanted to
create a scenario that would warrant a police response. Her false claim led to
numerous police resources being utilized, as well as the issuance of a
statewide Amber Alert.”
Gatson was arrested Friday, the same day the Camry and the woman who had
borrowed it were found in San Bernardino.
City News Service.
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