West Carthage Teen Arrested for Falsely Reporting a Home Invasion in Jefferson County


Published: September 14, 2021 at 04:00 p.m.

By: Press Release from New York State Police


Carthage Teen arrested for falsely reporting a home invasion in Jefferson County

14 September 2021


  Major Darrin S. Pitkin
  Troop D Commander





On September 10, 2021, State Police arrested Maria R. Barnes, age 19 from West Carthage, NY for (1) count of Falsely Reporting an Incident (A-misdemeanor) and (1) count of False Written Statement (A-misdemeanor).

The arrest is stemming from a reported Burglary/Home Invasion that took place at her residence on September 2, 2021, in Champion Apartments, in the village of West Carthage, NY.  The defendant reported that three known individuals forced their way into her apartment, assaulted her, and fled the scene.  After a State Police investigation and extended hours and resources, all of the alleged suspects were located and interviewed, the investigation revealed that the suspects were in Saratoga, NY with the alleged incident took place and that Barnes fabricated the story.


Barnes was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of Champion court on September 23, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.












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