Man falsely reports child in stolen vehicle to expedite police response

Car stolen from Waterbury gas station
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 9:38 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2023 at 11:26 AM EST
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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - A man was arrested after falsely reporting that his 11-year-old child was taken in his stolen Mercedes Friday morning.

Waterbury Police responded to the report of a stolen vehicle at an Exxonn Mobile on Wolcott Road.

According to police reports, the 2016 white Mercedes was left running when it was stolen. The theft happened around 8:30 a.m.

The initial call to police came from 36-year-old Darrien Palmer of New York who said his 11-year-old child was in the back seat of the car.

“Guy said he got his car stolen. He was yelling and screaming in the parking lot, ‘my kids in the car my kids in the car,’” said Chris, an eyewitness.

Police arrived on scene within a few minutes but the investigation revealed that there was no child in the car, and there never was.

“I went into the gas station, I heard him talking, he eventually said there was no kid in there,” Chris said.

Police say Palmer reported that false information to the police in an attempt to quicken police response and resources to locate his stolen vehicle.

Police are still looking for the suspect and stolen car.

“They walked him out in cuffs, I assume because he said he lied to the police,” Chris added.

Palmer was arrested and charged with Misuse of Emergency 911 System. Palmer was released on a promise to appear in court.

Marquez Ebron, a Waterbury resident, says he never leaves his car running or unlocked, even if he’s just getting gas.

“It sucks that that’s the lesson you have to… that you can’t be comfortable with your cars but you shouldn’t have your cars on, especially in a town known for stealing cars,” Ebron said.

“Be smart. Lock your cars. Plain and simple. Stop being stupid,” added Chris.

Police responded to a car being stolen at Exxon Friday morning.