Eastern Michigan University student's carjacking claim was fabricated, police say
An Eastern Michigan University student who claimed she fought off a carjacker on campus last week made up the story, EMU police said today.
Eastern Police Chief Greg O'Dell said the student admitted today that she fabricated the incident. He declined to discuss why or what else she told investigators.
The student called police the evening of Sept. 30 and said a stranger attempted to carjack her around 9:11 p.m. in the Oakwood south commuter lot, which is bordered by the Mark-Jefferson science building and Bruce T. Halle Library.
The 24-year-old student told police she got into her car and noticed a stranger sitting in the backseat. She said the man demanded her keys and threatened to harm her if she didn't cooperate.
The student claimed she punched the man in the face, injuring her hand, and he ran from her car.
O'Dell said campus police launched an investigation that included stepping up patrols, interviewing people who were in the area and searching for witnesses.
O'Dell said the case will be submitted to prosecutors to determine whether to charge the woman with filing a false police report.
Filing a false police report of a felony crime is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.