NYSP: West Carthage teen arrested for falsely reporting a home invasion incident

CARTHAGE, NY —  On September 10, 2021, State Police arrested Maria R. Barnes, age 19, West Carthage, NY, was charged by state police on Sept. 10 with (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, troopers said.

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, troopers said.

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