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TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2006

Carjacking report was bogus, police say

Decatur police arrested a man Monday who they say fabricated a story about a carjacking to cover up the fact that he loaned his car to a drug dealer while high on crack.

Sergio Mariaca, 29, of 924 Lamar St. S.W., faces a charge of filing a false police report.

He remained in the Decatur City Jail on Monday in lieu of $500 bond.

According to Detective Jeremy Hayes, Mariaca told officers that two men robbed him at gunpoint while he was waiting at a stop sign on Seventh Avenue at Second Street Southwest.

Mariaca said the men ordered him out of the vehicle and lead him to an apartment, ordering him to remain inside, before fleeing in his vehicle, Hayes said.

While officers spoke with Mariaca, police stopped his vehicle, occupied by three men, on Sixth Avenue Southwest at Third Street.

All four were taken to the Police Department, where investigators determined that Mariaca had been smoking crack when he loaned his vehicle to a local drug dealer, Hayes said. When the vehicle wasn't returned, Mariaca made up the story about the robbery.

— Seth Burkett

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