A Detroit man faces charges after allegedly calling in a false crime report hoping that the Farmington Public Safety (FPS) officer who stopped his vehicle would let him go.
According to a press release, a sergeant stopped a vehicle on November 9, 8:50 p.m., in the area of Grand River and Orchard Lake Road. When the driver was unable to produce his license, the officer returned to his vehicle to determine whether he had a valid license.
Moments later, someone called 9-1-1 to report witnessing an armed robbery in progress at the Jets Pizza shop on Grand River Avenue near Nine Mile Road. Other officers who immediately responded to the scene found the call had been a hoax.
While that was happening, the sergeant at the traffic stop learned that the driver had given him a false name. Matthew Miquel Jones, 36, a parole absconder, also did not have a valid driver’s license. The sergeant arrested Jones and removed a cell phone from his car.
According to the release, police determined that the false armed robbery call came from Jones’ cell phone while the sergeant was conducting a computer check in his patrol car. Officers questioned Jones about the false 9-1-1 call, but he denied any involvement.
Jones faces one count of Filing a False Report of a Felony, which is punishable by four years in prison, and one count of driving with a suspended license. He remains in the Oakland County jail on $50,000 bond, pending a preliminary examination.