False report results in arrest

Ruston Police arrested a woman Sunday after she allegedly made a false police report in an apparent dispute with another person.

An officer was sent to a South Trenton Street apartment Sunday morning to investigate a vehicle burglary. Tyra McKee, 22, reported someone had broken into her car.

Later, the officer was dispatched to a Bond Street apartment regarding another vehicle burglary. However, the woman at that address said she did not call police and had not been the victim of a vehicle burglary.

Upon investigating the phone calls at the Ruston Police station, the officer found the calls requesting an officer at the Trenton and Bond Street addresses originated from the same phone number. McKee was found to be a protected person with an active protective order against the woman on Bond Street.

A review of the phone call to go to Bond Street convinced the officer the voice was that of McKee who he had spoken to on Trenton Street.

McKee was located and asked why she had made the second call reporting a crime involving another woman’s car. When asked why she lied, McKee said, “Because…” but stopped talking.

She was arrested for criminal mischief for making a false police report and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Louisiana law provides for a penalty of not more than $500 or up to six months in the parish jail upon conviction of criminal mischief.

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