Carjacking a hoax; man faces charge

By Kathy Helms-Hughes
STAR STAFF
khughes@starhq.com

   A Harriman, Tenn., man arrested last Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brad Johnson after reporting a carjacking incident near Watauga Lake is facing charges of filing a false report, according to Lt. Jamie Jenkins of the Criminal Investigation Division.
   Brandon Keith Bolden, 20, 119 Suddath Road, was arrested after Deputy Johnson responded to 181 Mallard Cove Drive, Butler, on a report of an armed robbery.
   According to the report, Bolden told the officer that his vehicle was taken at gun point by three black males who put him out of the vehicle and proceeded south on Highway 321. Bolden said the three men lived at Fox Motel in Johnson City and had asked him to take them to see a friend.
   Bolden told the officer that he drove the men to a public housing development in Johnson City and then the men asked him to take them to another location. Going by their directions, he said, they ended up on Highway 321, where he was forced out of the Chevrolet Cavalier by a man displaying a black semi-automatic weapon.
   While interviewing Bolden, Deputy Johnson observed that he was unable to stay focused on the officer's questions. Bolden was taken to the sheriff's department for questioning by criminal investigators and was arrested after he became incoherent.
   "When he was brought in he was extremely intoxicated and actually placed in jail for public intoxication," Lt. Jenkins said. Following Bolden's release, "it took us three or four days to run him down again," Jenkins said.
   "In the meantime, the car had been located in Gibbonsville, N.C., near Burlington. Once we got him back in here, he did admit to filing a false report. There was no handgun involved and there wasn't actually a carjacking. We believe the car was actually traded for narcotics," Lt. Jenkins said.