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Norwalk Cops: Aunt, Nephew Charged After Making Up Fake Carjacking Story

Norwalk police said aunt and nephew made up story of carjacking to cover up for him crashing her car.
Norwalk police said aunt and nephew made up story of carjacking to cover up for him crashing her car. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department via Facebook

NORWALK, Conn. -- It wasn't the best thought-out of plans. A Norwalk man crashed his aunt's 2000 Honda Accord on Sunday morning into a fence at a home at 120 Woodward Ave., and told her he had been carjacked, Norwalk Police said.

That's bad enough, but she decided to help out her nephew, who has no driver's license, and told police she had been the driver when it was allegedly carjacked, police said.

However, within a few hours, Felipe Garcia, 22, of 93 Taylor St., confessed to police he made it up the whole story. Because his aunt, Ruth Salazar-Blandon, 46, also of 93 Taylor St., went along with his story, she got charged, too, police said.

The poor decision-making left Norwalk police Sgt. Lee Young shaking his head.

"All it would have been is a motor vehicle infraction for Mr. Garcia for driving with no license," Young said. "If he had remained at the accident and called the police this would have been a traffic infraction ... which is just a mail-in violation."

Instead, police charged them each with interfering with an officer, making a false report and conspiracy. The aunt also was charged with falsely reporting a stolen motor vehicle.

"It was a pretty elaborate tale told by both of them that wasted the resources of the Norwalk Police Department ... looking for an armed subject that did not exist," Young said.

They had told police a black man had carjacked them at gunpoint, police said.

They were both released on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 1.

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