June 24, 2018
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Winn youth fabricates report of home invasion

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

WINN, Maine — Officers from the Maine State Police and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department converged on a Winn residence shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a home invasion.

Shortly after they arrived, however, it became apparent that no such incident had occurred, state Trooper Tom Fiske said late Tuesday night.

“It was completely fabricated,” he said.

According to Fiske, the “victim” was a 12-year-old boy who was alone at home at the time and initially reported the incident to one of his parents, who in turn called police.

Fiske described the youth’s account of what supposedly took place as “very vivid.”

The boy claimed that a masked intruder had forced his way into his home demanding money, Fiske said. The youth said the intruder assaulted him with brass knuckles and then fled in a getaway car waiting outside.

He even showed police a small cut on his leg he claimed he suffered during the beating, Fiske said.

Fiske, however, quickly determined that the story didn’t add up and when he pressed the boy, he admitted he had made the story up for attention from his parents.

“I’m glad it was made up in a way,” Fiske said. “Had it been true, we would have had a real problem on our hands.”

Though the boy was not charged in connection with the incident, he did receive a stern lecture, Fiske said.

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