At about 2:52 p.m. the 911 communications center received a transferred cellular call from the New Jersey State Police stating that a female was being sexually assaulted in a red van in the area of Home Depot located at 30055 Industrial Parkway.
Patrol officers and detectives immediately began searching the area in an effort to locate the vehicle and the victim. After an intensive search, the investigations unit took over and began tracking the cellular calls.
The unusual calls continued calling during the late afternoon and just after 9 p.m. detectives came across a suspicious person in a big rig tractor parked in the Target parking lot near Whipple Road. After interviewing the subject our investigators determined this adult male was the person responsible for making numerous calls reporting an unfounded sexual assault sexual assault.
The subject was arrested for making a false police report and for reporting a false emergency. The department is taking steps to recover search costs through a civil process.