Police believe that a Beverly woman who initially said she was kidnapped and locked in the trunk of her car made the episode up, and she will face a charge of falsifying a police report, Beverly police spokesman Mike Boccuzzi said.
Around noon Monday, criminal investigators were interviewing Maria Brayfield about the alleged carjacking when they determined she made up the story, Boccuzzi said.
The 24-year-old woman initially told investigators that Sunday night at least two masked men abducted her from her Beverly apartment and ordered her to drive them in her car onto Route 128.
Once on the highway, the men ordered her to stop the car and to get into the trunk, she told police.
About 3:30 a.m., two motorists stopped near Brayfield’s car to provide assistance for what they believed was an accident. The car was parked on the side of Route 128 northbound near Exit 17, police said.
As they approached the vehicle, the motorists heard Brayfield screaming from the trunk. The motorists smashed the back window to free her, and called police.
Brayfield was not arrested and will be summoned to Salem District Court on a charge of falsifying a police report.Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
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