Police: Kidnapping/carjacking at Steelyard Commons was a hoax (why isn't TREMONT being printed in crime news stories lately)

Submitted by Quest-News-Serv... on Tue, 04/03/2012 - 09:24.

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.

"My apologies to Steelyard Commons and the great people at First Interstate. Please shop at Steelyard. Don't let a negative story like this hurt such an important resource to this district," Sulzer added on the department's Facebook page.

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.

 
http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_cuyahoga/police-kidnapping-carjacking-at-steelyard-commons-was-a-hoax
 

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What Motivation to be locked in car trunk?

 Why would someone go to this effort?   Is there a money motivation?   How would that work?  A suit against the mall for lack of adequate security?   Seems like a long shot...Anybody know of a pay out in a similar situation?

What, exactly, does the mall video show?

There would be a clear money motivation for the mall to deny any such event.

Thoughts...about Steelyard Incident....

When I first heard this story broadcast over the news....my thoughts converged on both the idea that Steelyard Commons is under a "BIG BROTHER" security system far beyond most people's wildest imagination and ....."OH MY GOD---another abduction of a pregnant woman who got lucky not to have her baby cut out of her stomach!"

To initially be "terrorized" with the thoughts of what kind of nuts would do something in such a "guarded" area of Cleveland and also to clearly be (scared) and detracted from going there for any reason---------------only later to realize that it was all a hoax....is frustrating.  

I cannot imagine what kind of thoughts were going through that person's head to do such a thing. It's sad that they felt the need to put the public at large on high alert and fear about shopping in that area. We already have enough concerns living in this  City without such unacceptable distortions. 

The only reason I can imagine someone making up such a long shot story is their own misappropriation of funds which led to desperation...Historically, I have heard some truly imaginative stories about people's rent money being "stolen", "lost" etc---when in actuality--they got "high on drugs" with it. Ultimately-that's a huge reason you hear of these kind of imaginative stories around the first of the month.... 

Sad that our police resources were abused like this, though. Good thing they didn't have to waste much time chasing their tails on it.  

Always Appreciative, "ANGELnWard14"