Maplewood Teen Falsely Claimed Man Shot at Her on Baker Street, Police Say

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An 18- year-old Maplewood resident told police that a man fired a handgun at her while she was walking home on Baker Street on February 1 at around 8 p.m., said Sgt. Christopher Black. She later recanted the story.

The woman claimed she was walking near Memorial Park to her to her home on Yale Street, when a man jumped out in front of her, pointed a handgun at her and pulled the trigger twice, said Black. The handgun reportedly made a clicking noise but did not fire, and then the man ran into the park.

“Inconsistencies in her story led detectives to question her further,” said Black in a phone interview. The next day, the woman admitted the incident never happened.

Here is the rest of this week’s blotter:

February 2, 2015; Recovered Stolen Vehicle; At approximately 7:45 AM officers responded to Ohio St on a reported suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of Union and was turned over to the victim.

February 6, 2015; Theft; Between 2:30 and 7:00 AM, four tires/rims were removed from Toyota Venza parked in a driveway on Prospect St. The vehicle also had a broken front window.

February 8, 2015; Burglary; At approximately 1:45 AM, officers responded to an alarm activation at Express Laundry on Springfield Ave. Upon their arrival, they found that the premise had been entered and that the cash register had been stolen. Through investigation the actor was identified as 48 year old David Pascavage of Irvington. On 2/9, Mr Pascavage was charged with the burglary, taken into custody at his home, processed and then remanded to Essex County Jail.

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