Man accused of falsely claiming 7-year-old boy missing in carjacking

The man who reported his car was stolen with a 7-year-old boy inside is in custody after detectives determined there was no child in the vehicle.

James Reyes, 32, allegedly reported the child was inside the red Ford Mustang when it was stolen from 202nd Street at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday, apparently to expedite the police response.

The Mustang and the 17-year-old car thief were found four hours later, about a half-mile from where the vehicle was stolen.

Police searched for a boy with special needs who was reported to have been inside the Mustang.

The 17-year-old car theft suspect said he didn’t know anything about a carjacked boy, and detectives soon determined there was never a child in the vehicle.

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