COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Woodlawn teen was taken to jail instead of his house after calling 911 with a false report of a robbery in hopes of hitching a ride home with police, authorities said.
Jayles Garrett, 18, was apparently tired of waiting for the bus at a CTA stop in the 2300 block of East 67th Street Sunday when he asked a Chicago police officer for a ride home, according to a police report.
The officer was en route to a call, so he told Garrett to call a cab and left, according to the report.
A short time later, Garrett called 911 and reported that he'd just been robbed by three men, the report said. The same police officer returned to the scene and determined that Garrett made up the robbery story because he wanted a ride home.
When Garrett learned he would be charged with making a false report, he told the officer, "I'm sorry. I just really wanted a ride home," police said.
Garrett, of the 6500 block of South Rhodes Avenue, appeared briefly in court on Monday.
He has no apparent criminal record and works at a South Side church, his public defender said.
His bail amount was not immediately available.