A Chicago man was charged with filing a false police report after he called 911 to report that his car was “jacked” on Nov. 11, reports said.
said that Renaldo Smedley, 35, called 911 around 11:20 p.m. to report that his 2011 Nissan Altima had been carjacked in the area of 91st Street and Cicero Avenue.
While en route to Smedley’s location, the 911-dispatcher said that Smedley was swearing and being uncooperative. The 911-dispatcher lost communication but the man called a few minutes later to inform them that, “he was going to rob a white woman” if police didn't get there faster, according to the report.
Shortly after the information was relayed, police found Smedley standing next to his car in a car dealership lot on Southwest Highway. After confirming that Smedley had called 11, police said the he became “irate and uncooperative” when asked to produce ID.
Police said that Smedley appeared intoxicated. While talking to him, a woman walked up to police from across the street. She told police that she and Smedley were together in the car when they began arguing and pulled into the car dealership, reports said.
The woman explained that she had walked across the street to a tavern and received several calls from Smedley asking for the car keys. When she saw police cars she came to the scene.
When informed by police that they had received information from 911 that he was being carjacked, police said that Smedley replied that he told 911 he would be carjacked if police did not respond quickly.
Smedley was taken into custody. Police also drove his female companion to the Oak Lawn police station so she could make arrangements for a ride home. The Nissan was impounded.
At the station, police reviewed the 911-tape, in which Smedley described the car as being “jacked” and “stolen from me.” Smedley could also be heard swearing at the 911-operator and threatening to commit robbery, reports said.
He has a court appearance in Bridgeview on Nov. 29.