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Naugatuck woman arrested for hostage hoax

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© The following photo of Cheri Zekiri was provided by the Waterbury Police Department. © The following photo of Cheri Zekiri was provided by the Waterbury Police Department.
WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A hostage hoax has led to an arrest in Waterbury.

Police arrested Cheri Zekiri, 35, of Naugatuck after she called in a carjacking and she was being held at gunpoint for $500 ransom.

Investigators found it was all a lie after interviewing Zekiri multiple times. 

Police determined that her 2001 Ford Focus was not stolen and Zekiri had sold the car for money to buy drugs.

Zekiri, who has a long criminal history of larceny, forgery, and prostitution convictions, is now charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident.

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