Shreveport Police detectives have arrested a local woman after she allegedly filed a false police report.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. on October 8, 2010, Shreveport Police patrol officers responded to a reported armed carjacking and kidnapping in the 5700 block of Hearne Avenue. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim, identified as 31 year old Melissa Hoots, who told them that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint in the 3500 block of Hearne Avenue by a black male suspect who forced his way into her vehicle and held her captive for over five hours while he drove her around. The suspect allegedly picked up other male suspects during this time. Hoots reported she was finally able to escape and her attacker fled with her 1993 Nissan.
Just before 4:00 p.m. on October 8, 2010, patrol officers found Hoots' Nissan near the intersection of Mansfield Road and Vivian Street occupied by two male subjects. Officers recovered the reportedly stolen vehicle and took 17 year old Travante Myles and 49 year old Eric Holden into custody and booked them into the Shreveport City Jail on one count each of illegal possession of stolen things.
Detectives working the case began to discover discrepancies in the victim’s accounts of what had occurred and as they interviewed her this morning, she admitted to them that she had fabricated the entire story. Investigators immediately set out to drop charges against Myles and Holden and are working with the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office to get the men released from jail. Melissa Hoots, of the 900 block of Wafer Road in Haughton, Louisiana, was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on one count of criminal mischief. Criminal mischief is defined in part by Louisiana law as the “giving of any false report or complaint to a sheriff, or his deputies, or to any officer of the law relative to the commission of, or an attempt to commit, a crime.”