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Police Reports

Woman charged with falsely reporting robbery in Geneva

Michigan resident claimed she was robbed of cell phone

GENEVA – A Michigan woman, who apparently lost her cell phone and called Geneva police to report the phone was taken in a robbery, is now charged with felony false filing of a police report, according to police and court records.

Juanita A. King, 37, of the 9600 block of Faust Avenue, Detroit, Mich., was charged Nov. 29 with felony disorderly conduct for reporting falsely that a robbery had been committed, according to the charging documents.

According to reports, King called 911 shortly before 4 p.m. on Oct. 22, claiming that someone rode a bike past her in the 800 block of East State Street and grabbed her cell phone and kept on pedaling.

But when police reviewed video surveillance of the area, no bicyclists were observed at all, and no bicyclists were observed having any interaction with King, reports stated.

King appeared in a gravel parking lot in the surveillance video “casually walking back and forth between CVS and Aldi. … At no point did she appear to be in distress or have contact with anyone on a bicycle in the gravel lot,” reports stated.

Video surveillance in a nearby store showed King entered 20 minutes before reporting the alleged robbery, asking if anyone turned in a cell phone, reports stated, leading police to conclude no robbery had occurred.

Despite leaving four voicemail messages for King at two cell phone numbers, sending a certified letter to her residence and asking Detroit Police 6th Precinct to go to her address to call Geneva police, officers have been unable to speak with her, reports stated.

The charge against King is a Class 4 felony, punishable by one to three years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.

Bond was set at $3,000 for King, with 10 percent or $300 to apply, but she is not in custody, records show.

An arrest warrant was issued for King on Dec. 3, records show.

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