JPD: teens arrested for filing false kidnapping report

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro mother defends her two teenaged daughters after they were arrested for falsifying a police report.

"They would not make that up...that is too serious," Michelle Booker told Region 8 News.

The two teens called 911 Thursday night to report a kidnapping. JPD said that kidnapping never happened.

The call sent multiple officers rushing to the scene but after only a few minutes talking to those teenage witnesses, their stories started falling apart.

"She cried all night and it was just too much for her," Booker said about her 16-year-old daughter who was locked up overnight at the Craighead County Detention Center.

Booker doesn't believe her daughters should have been arrested for what she said was them just trying to be good Samaritans.

"The man got out of the van, put her in the van and drove off. Well at that time, they didn't know what to do so they called 911," Booker explained.

Jasmine Eaton called dispatch Thursday night and claimed she and her 16-year-old sister witnessed two Hispanic males in a white van pull a young black girl into their vehicle and take off.

Multiple officers arrived on the scene and began questioning people in the neighborhood yet reports indicate no one else in the area saw or heard anything.

No parents in the area were missing a child either.

Reports state that approximately 20 minutes after officers arrived at the scene and after dispatch contacted Eaton by phone multiple times, they returned to the scene.

Police reports say their stories didn't match up and changed multiple times. After police questioned the girls, the kidnapping victim went from being a young black girl with long hair to a young white girl. Reports indicate their statements of where and how the kidnapping took place kept changing as well.

"The police took it as they was not telling the truth, they was doing a prank call," Booker said.

Lt. Stephen McDaniel with the Jonesboro Police Department told Region 8 News that a if a crime as severe as this is falsely reported, it can create several problems.

"Resources that we use to investigate false claims could more than likely be used investigating real crimes," Lt. McDaniel said.

Six officers responded to the scene.

McDaniel said it can create unnecessary fear in a community as well.

"The public is usually in tune with what kind of crime is going on in their area. If someone files a false claim there of some outrageous crime then it creates a lot of fear there," McDaniel said.

The 16-year-old was released from the Juvenile Detention Center Friday morning. When we caught up with Booker that afternoon, she was at the jail to bail her 19-year-old daughter out of jail.

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