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False abduction reports alarm police

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett police are urging parents to warn children about the dangers of creating false criminal scenarios after two similarly "disturbing" abduction reports were proven false this month.

Two female Gwinnett County teens have allegedly lied to their mothers about being abducted in the last two weeks, and in both cases taxpayer dollars were wasted and police manpower spent in searching for the girls, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman.

One teen, Navasia T. Lucas, 19, of Lawrenceville, faces felony charges of making a false report of a crime. She was arrested Tuesday and bonded out Wednesday, said Moloney.

According to police, Lucas' mother called the Gwinnett County Police Department earlier this week to report her daughter had been abducted from a gas station. Lucas had told her mother during a cell phone conversation she was blindfolded and taken to an unknown house, and her mother believed the threat was real.

Gwinnett police tracked Lucas' call to a Lawrenceville home, where the teen admitted she had lied to her mother and authorities.

On July 5, a 15-year-old Duluth girl called her mother via a cell phone to report she'd been abducted by three "Mexican" males in a white van, according to police. After a series of phone calls, investigators determined the girl was lying to her mother. Police reached an agreement with "a person of interest" to have the girl dropped off at an Atlanta Greyhound station, where she was reunited with her mother.

Moloney said the investigation is ongoing and charges are anticipated. Police don't believe the two girls knew each other or conspired together to mislead their parents.

False reports involving abductions are not common in Gwinnett, Moloney said.