Police: Carjacking, kidnapping report was false
Dyersburg Police investigators working the case of an alleged carjacking and kidnapping of a Dyersburg woman will now be presenting the case to the Dyer County Grand Jury in February. However, police say the incident never happened and they will be seeking an indictment against the woman who reported the incident.
Dyersburg Police Capt. Steve Isbell stated investigators would be seeking an indictment against the woman for filing a false police report after determining the incident was made up. Isbell would not release the woman's name since charges have not been filed, but did confirm it was in relation to the State Gazette's story that ran in this past Sunday's edition. In the article, Ashlie Maupin, 35, contacted the State Gazette and told of her experience of being carjacked and kidnapped by two black suspects on Melton Avenue on Tuesday, Jan. 15. She stated while on duty as a social worker she had just left a residence and pulled over to the side of the street to get an address for her next destination. She said as she pulled over and placed her Ford Expedition in park her driver's side door automatically unlocked. After doing so, she stated a black male unbuckled her seatbelt and pulled her from the vehicle and then placed her back inside. She said he wanted her to drive, but at some point she said a second suspect pulled her into the back seat and put a jacket over her head. She stated the suspects drove around and finally released her without harming her.
At approximately 11:04 a.m. that same day, DPD officers were dispatched to Melton Avenue in reference to Maupin reporting she had been carjacked and kidnapped by two black male subjects. The victim reported that she was released by the men and they drove off in her vehicle and she was able to call 911 with her cell phone. Police located the vehicle a few blocks away from the scene.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, investigators interviewed the alleged victim again to discuss discrepancies in her original statement to police and statements she made to the State Gazette.
"Investigators determined after the interview that the incident did not happen and the alleged victim will now face a felony charge of filing a false police report," said Isbell. "The nature of this alleged violent crime required the department to devote a number of resources that could have been used to investigate other crimes."