A woman who reported she had been punched, beaten and dragged by a suspect who carjacked her in Harvard has been charged with filing a false police report.
Mona A. Martinez, 32, of Harvard, was charged with one count of false report of offense, a Class 4 felony.
The Harvard Police Department was called around 2:30 a.m. on August 6 to the 600 block of Driftwood Lane in Harvard.
Martinez called 911 to report she had been carjacked. She told officers she had just arrived at her home when it occurred.
The woman said she got out of her 2022 Mercedes-Benz to open the garage door when a male suspect approached, Harvard Police Chief Tyson Bauman said at the time.
She told officers the suspect punched her in the head from behind and then struck her several more times, Bauman said.
The suspect dragged her into the grass and then got into the Mercedes before driving away, Martinez told police.
The Harvard Police Department sought the community’s help with identifying and locating the suspect after the report was made.
A criminal complaint filed earlier this week in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Martinez knew at the time of the report there was no “reasonable ground or belief” that the offense occurred.
A warrant was not issued but a summons was sent to Martinez mandating her appearance for an initial court hearing on Tuesday.