Police: Carjacking, kidnapping report was false

Thursday, January 24, 2013

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."

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  • we have enough violence in Dyersburg and in our society without people making up things to profit their own reasons.

    -- Posted by forgiven on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 11:34 AM
  • How can people be so stupid?

    -- Posted by Dude2010 on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 3:24 PM
  • She will lose her job now, also.STUPID!

    -- Posted by lloyd49 on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 3:39 PM
  • She played on ppls emotions. Ppl felt sorry for her. Granted she made ppl think about safety and being aware of their surroundings, she also made ppl look at others with fear and judgement, that might not even be there without her story. many ppl will be more skeptical of believing a story such as this in the future - she broke ppls trust.

    -- Posted by thisismysay on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 6:43 AM
  • Really?? And she's a social worker??? That is just scary. How is she capable of judging a persons environment and needs, when her judgement and ethics are so skewed?? Hope they investigate her cases....and please tell me she wasn't working for the Department of Children's Services.

    -- Posted by cgarret3 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 9:36 AM
  • How stupid!!!!!

    -- Posted by sealim on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 10:27 AM
  • Totally agree with cgarret3. I cannot believe this person is a Social Worker. Not getting anything started but just curious as to why the carjackers had to be black Ashlie? Really Ashlie Maupin you have become another Susan Smith. Blame it on the black man. I really feel sorry for your parents, just think of all the money, time & effort that went into your education but in reality, you are a certified NUT. Go ahead and plead insanity but also think of the taxpayers $ all that went into the search for your two black suspects. Ask your Dr. to change your meds, what you're on is not working.

    -- Posted by Wonderful1 on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 11:04 AM
  • Sounds like to me she might need a little mental help herself!!!! How Stupid could she be!!!!

    -- Posted by Rockcrawler4563 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 7:57 AM
  • Wow, people. We are quick to jump to judgement. Do you not think her punishment will be enough without public ridicule?

    -- Posted by tammym11 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 8:31 AM
  • Tammym11, certainly not trying to "judge" anyone, what I stated was pure truth. "Professionals", people like social workers, therapist, doctors, etc. are supposed to be held to a higher standard than just regular lay people. Had this been just a regular Joe reporting a false report of carjacking, then it wouldn't have been so shocking, but this was a social worker. A social worker has the "power" to investigate situations and when applicable, turn in their findings to the authorities. There are no telling at the lives she has influenced during her work tenure and now to find out that she is untrustworthy and possibly mentally unstable?? That just makes the situation scarey. Not judging, just stating fact.

    -- Posted by cgarret3 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 9:26 AM
  • she did it to cover something else up. a big smokescreen of sorts. just a hunch...

    -- Posted by movingfaraway on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 12:13 AM
  • Ive known her and her husband for over 20 years and they are good people. All we know is the police stated there were discrepencies between the story she told them and the story she told the state gazette. If it was a smoke screen of some type then she did the right thing by saying it was 2 black males. They are responsible for 49% of all carjacking convictions, and that survey involved 12 different ethnic groups. Whites were right behind them at 42%. If it were a smoke screen she probably did her homework. Either way, she's innocent until proven guilty. Ill be on her side until Im proven wrong bc Ive never known her or Barry to lie about a thing. And Ill bet that some of these irrelevant, crude, and very hurtful comments were put on here from her "so-called" friends. If I had a problem, question, or comment about someone else's problems you should have the decency to call and ask them. Im sure they would appreciate it much more than having to read these degrading comments in which they have no idea who the source is. The people in this town used to have integrity and pride in ourselves. What happened guys. In no way did I intend to offend any1 or call any1 out. It's none of my business just like it's no1 else's business but her's.

    Good Day

    -- Posted by babyboy on Mon, Jan 28, 2013, at 8:21 PM
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