The Sunday night abduction of a 3-year-old boy as his mother’s car was stolen from a South Miami-Dade gas station riveted South Florida TV news Monday morning.
The only problem with the story, Miami-Dade police now say, is Hollywood resident Antoinette Rowan lied about the boy. He was never in the car. Rowan, 37, has been arrested for filing a false police report.
Rowan’s original story, as relayed through Miami-Dade police, had her meeting a man at a nearby Walmart for a business transaction they’d discussed previously. From the Walmart, Rowan and the man drove to the Sunoco at 22025 SW 112th Ave. Rowan went inside, leaving her son with a stranger in her white 2014 Hyundai with the keys. The stranger drove off with her car and son as she came out of the Sunoco.
By Monday dawn, Rowan said the boy had been returned home. Still missing is the 2014 Hyundai with the license tag Z59FLZ.
An arrest report says when cops asked Rowan to repeat her story Monday, “She admitted to having filed a false police report because she wanted the police to find her car faster and arrest the suspect.”
On Monday night, Miami-Dade police named Antonio Monzon, 52, of Southwest Miami-Dade, as a suspect in the car theft.