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Woman Reports False Kidnapping to Get Car Back From Friend

07/12/2017 at 2:06 | LA Times
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Last week in Los Angeles, Charlene Gaston told police that she was carjacked at gunpoint, with the thief making off with a vehicle that contained a 16-year-old passenger. Gaston provided the name of the woman who she said stole the vehicle, and police issued an Amber Alert. Well, that “thief” turned out to be a friend of Gaston’s who’d borrowed her car and refused to give it back, and there was no 16-year-old passenger. Gaston was subsequently arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report.