Man lied about 1-year-old son being inside car during alleged carjacking in East Harlem, supplies tell CBS2
NEW YORK — Police spent the morning searching for a stolen means that allegedly had a child inside.
But investigators now say the child is safe and was never in the car.
Police say around 6:50 this morning they received reports of a gold Honda stolen at 117th St. between 1st and 2nd ave, with a child inside. NYPD say car was ditched at 153rd st & Gerard Ave with no one inside @CBSNewYork
They’re asking for tips from the public pic.twitter.com/K81WD9SHtk
— Natalie Duddridge (@NatDuddridgeTV) June 20, 2022
Police say the child was with his mother in Pennsylvania the whole time.
The father admitted to officers his 1-year-old son was never in the car, but he maintains his means was stolen.
Police are nevertheless investigating if that’s true.
The car in question, a gold Honda, was found similar parked at 153rd Street and Gerard method in the South Bronx with no one inside.
UPDATE: The means has been located. The child has been found in the care of a relative and is not in danger. https://t.co/RDmjTvcNly pic.twitter.com/JDuTMvZRhg
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 20, 2022
The situation started around 6:50 a.m. Monday in East Harlem.
Police said the father reported two armed suspects approached his car at 117th Street and First method, threatened to shoot him and then took his car with his 1-year-old son inside.
Residents say they’re just glad the child is OK.
“Relieved to hear the child is safe, thank God,” Bronx resident Ana Haywood said.
“I’m glad the baby’s safe and in good hands,” another person additional.
Police are searching for surveillance video in both Harlem and the Bronx to determine if the carjacking did happen.
The father is nevertheless being questioned, and it’s too early to say if he will be charged with filing a false report.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept secret.
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