A Florida woman who told sheriff’s deputies she was carjacked and her three children abducted was arrested and accused of making the whole thing up.
Deputies were called to Northeast 42nd Place and 25th Avenue because a woman was screaming. When deputies arrived, the woman told them she had been driving a white Nissan Altima when the alleged incident occurred.
Sheriff’s deputies stopped several vehicles that matched the Nissan’s description, looking for the children. One vehicle was stopped in the 2000 block of North U.S. 441. It had three children inside.
The woman was brought to the scene for an identification. But at that point she told deputies her vehicle was red, not white, according to the arrest report.
The woman was taken to the Sheriff’s Office for another interview and she told them she lied about her name. She said her name actually is Shamia Johnson, and she was in the vehicle with the father of one of her children. Deputies contacted the man and he said he didn’t know anything about an armed carjacking.
Johnson then told deputies her children was with their grandmother. But law enforcement officials checked and that was not true, the report said. She then told them several other stories before deputies discovered that Johnson only had one of her children with her, while the other two were elsewhere.
Deputies eventually found the children and arrested Johnson on a charge of making a false report. The 24-year-old woman, who’s on probation for three counts of grand theft, was being held without bail at the Marion County Jail.