HOLLIS, Queens — A man who reported a stolen Mustang in Queens Sunday was arrested for falsely reporting a child was in the backseat in the car, police said.
The 22-year-old man was taken into custody after police determined there was never a child in the car, according to authorities.
Officials say the car owner made up the story about the child so that officers would work harder to find his red Ford Mustang.
Police responded to a report that a child may have been in the backseat of a red Mustang taken by a man on 202nd Street near 104th Avenue around 7 p.m. in Hollis.
The stolen vehicle was later recovered around 10:15 p.m. near 197 Street, and a man was taken into NYPD custody.
Charges are pending for the two men arrested, police said. Their identities have not been released.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.