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It was a hoax

Published:Saturday | February 28, 2015 | 2:00 AMGlenroy Sinclair

A man who, on Thursday, made a false report that a Canadian woman was abducted by a lone gunman in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew, is likely to be charged with public mischief.

"He is not yet in custody, but we are contemplating charging him for making public mischief," Senior Superintendent Richard Stewart, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, told The Gleaner yesterday.

A later report from the Constabulary Communication Unit (CCU) said detectives attached to that division subsequently took the man into custody for creating public mischief after it was revealed that an abduction report he had made on Thursday, February 26, was a hoax. His identity is being withheld pending further investigations.

On Thursday, the man reported that he was transporting a female Canadian national along Ken Hill Drive when a lone gunman walked into the path of the vehicle. The complainant said he was pulled from the vehicle and hit in the face with the gun. He said the gunman then drove away with the foreign national. Scores of police personnel later swooped down on the community in search of the woman.

"The story turned out to be a farce. There was no abduction," said Stewart.