Authorities charged a 38-year-old Newark woman Monday with filing a false report after she told police she was carjacked in the city. She is the third person in less than a month to be charged for such an incident.
Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, said Mary Hardaway had reported she was carjacked last Friday in the vicinity of South 12th Street and Springfield Avenue in Newark.
Carter said police later discovered Hardaway had crashed her own car, a 2002 Nissan Murano, near that location.
"I have to strongly reiterate that the police department does not have the time or resources to entertain false claims of car jacking or any crime for that matter," said Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio. "Anyone found to make such claims will be arrested and charged accordingly."
On Sept. 22, Newark police Natalie Alonso, 23, of Kearny, with filing a false report after she claimed four black men attempted to carjack her. She later confessed to giving her car to a male friend who had not returned the vehicle.
On Sept. 21, police charged Emanuel Alvarado, 26, of Belleville, with filing a false report after he claimed an "assailant" took his 2006 BMW 325i around 3 a.m. Sept. 17. An investigation revealed Alvarado's car was not taken, but towed by New Jersey State Police after it was involved in a one-car accident on Interstate 280 westbound in Newark.
— Staff reports