Beverly police believe woman made up tale of being kidnapped and locked in trunk of car on Route 128

Police believe that a Beverly woman who initially claimed she was kidnapped and locked in the trunk of her car had made the episode up, and she will now face a charge of falsifying a police report, Beverly police spokesman Mike Boccuzzi said.

Around noon on Monday, criminal investigators were in the process of interviewing Maria Brayfield about the alleged carjacking when they determined she made up the story, Boccuzzi said. The 24-year-old woman initially told investigators that sometime Sunday night at least two masked men forcibly abducted her from her Beverly apartment and ordered her to drive them in her car onto Route 128. Once on the highway, the men ordered her to stop the car and to get into the trunk, she told police.

Around 3:30 a.m., two motorists stopped near Brayfield’s car to provide assistance for what they believed was an accident. The car was parked on the side of of Route 128 northbound near Exit 17, police said.

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As they approached the vehicle, the motorists heard Brayfield screaming from the trunk. The motorists smashed the back window to free her, and called police.

Brayfield was not arrested and will be summonsed to Salem District Court on a charge of falsifying a police report.