Police confirm no children were taken during early morning carjacking
Police now say a woman sent them on a wild goose chase looking for two children she said were taken during a robbery.
The search started around 3 a.m. Tuesday. According to the San Antonio Police Department, the woman said she was on her way to meet a man she initially contacted on Craigslist. At some point, she said her white sedan was stolen on South WW White Road with two girls, ages 2 and 4, inside.
Officers found the vehicle at an apartment complex in the 3700 block of East Commerce before 6 a.m. on Tuesday, but there was no sign of the children. Two teens, ages 16 and 18, were taken into custody in connection with the car, but their mother claimed they did nothing wrong.
Later, an SAPD officer said the woman changed her story and said the girls may never have been in the car at all, but it was unknown whether anyone knew where they could be. While briefing reporters later in the morning, an SAPD spokesperson said they were trying to confirm whether the woman had children. According to Sgt. Jesse Salame, people who knew the woman said they never saw her with kids. Surveillance video from a motel where the woman was reportedly staying was also being checked for signs of children. In addition, he said there were no car seats in the stolen vehicle.
Detectives later confirmed no children were taken and that the woman who reported the robbery and abduction gave them a false name. They are, however, still investigating the woman's claims. At this point, there's no word on if the woman will be charged.