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Man arrested after lying about kidnapped 4-year-old so police would ‘work harder’ to find stolen car


PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police say a man made up a story that he had been carjacked with a child in his vehicle because he wanted police to work more urgently to find the car.

Police say 22-year-old Marcus Fletcher was working as a pizza delivery driver when he reported being robbed by two men who took his vehicle around 10:15 p.m. Monday. But Fletcher told police his 4-year-old nephew was in the car, prompting an intense search.

Fletcher also claimed he had his wallet, phone and $30 in cash stolen as well as his 1995 Ford Escort, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Police found the car a short time later with nobody child inside. Police say Fletcher then gave conflicting accounts of the robbery and was vague about the child’s identity.

Authorities said Fletcher eventually admitted that he lied about his nephew being kidnapped, and that he had been robbed before and wasn’t happy with how the investigation was conducted.

Police say they’re still investigating the suspected robbery.

But now Fletcher is jailed on a charge of making a false report to police.

His public defender couldn’t immediately be reached.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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