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Woman falsely reports family member kidnapped to get authorities to respond faster, Liberty County deputies say

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – A woman falsely reported that a family member had been kidnapped to help authorities respond to her stolen vehicle more quickly, according to Liberty County deputies.

Rosemary Martinez-Ortiz called 911 to report her daughter-in-law’s truck was stolen in Houston, but was unhappy with the response time, investigators said.

The family used a pair of Airpods to track the truck to Liberty County and called 911 again from Liberty County on Monday morning.

Martinez-Ortiz told the dispatcher that her stepdaughter was kidnapped in an armed carjacking, according to Capt. Ken DeFoor.

Immediately, North Houston deputies were assigned to work directly on the case. Radio communications were cut to find the woman believed to be in danger, according to deputies.

A deputy stopped a white truck matching the description given by Martinez-Ortiz and questioned the driver about the alleged abduction during the search. The driver was released when deputies learned he was not involved.

Law enforcement found Martinez-Ortiz at a Cleveland gas station when it broke down, authorities say.

“When she saw the activity going on, the cars coming and going, asking her about the whereabouts of her daughter-in-law, the daughter-in-law was standing next to her,” said DeFoor. “She broke down and started apologizing. “I’m sorry I did that. I only called 911 for a removal so you would get back to me faster than the Houston Police Department when we reported a real stolen vehicle.”

Martinez-Ortiz is charged with a felony for a false report and is on bail.

“When they do that, they’re taking the risk of tying up the resources and manpower of someone who really needs help, medical or otherwise,” DeFoor said. “It’s a terribly immature and stupid thing for someone to do.”

It is unclear if she has ever filed a report with the HPD regarding the stolen truck.

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