Kidnapping was a made up story.
CLEVELAND - Claims that a pregnant woman was kidnapped and carjacked from Steelyard Commons Saturday afternoon aren't true, according to Cleveland police. They said the 23-year-old made up the story.
“Our detectives did a great job. They looked at video and it revealed and unearthed the story that she was lying. It was a hoax,” said commander Keith Sulzer, who added the shopping plaza is safe.
Police responded to a person screaming in a car at Quigley Road and Clark Avenue where they found the pregnant woman locked inside her trunk.
The 23-year-old told police she was leaving the clothing store Dots when she was approached from behind by a masked man and woman who put a gun to her back and then stole $210, plus her welfare card. Then, she said they forced her into her backseat of her Monte Carlo and took off.
After driving for several minutes, the 23-year-old also said the two pulled off on a highway to stuff her in the trunk. But police said she actually shut herself in it.
Now, the woman faces several charges, including filing a false police report.
The property owner where Steelyard Commons is located also issued this statement:
"We're sorry the public was unnecessarily alarmed by the false report of a kidnapping at Steelyard Commons. Steelyard Commons is a safe place for families to shop with extraordinary security measures in place. We believe these helped the police resolve this matter and we appreciate their diligent follow-up," said Mitchell Schneider, President, First Interstate Properties.