3 arrested in April Fools' carjacking hoax

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Updated: 4/03/2014 8:41 am

HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Three men who pranked a friend by reporting a bogus April Fool's Day carjacking have been arrested in San Bernardino County.

The Press-Enterprise says deputies were called to a fast food restaurant in Hesperia Tuesday night. A group of four men told of a carjacker punching one of them and taking his vehicle.

A dozen sheriff's patrol cars and a helicopter canvassed the area searching for the suspect before a deputy figured out the story was fake.

Investigators say three of the men conspired to play a joke on the fourth man.

The three were arrested and booked for investigation of delaying an officer and falsely making a crime report. They were identified as Drue Joseph Mendoza and Luis Estevan Garcia, both 19, and 18-year-old Ashraf Wagdy Drieas.

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