Brookline woman charged with injuring herself, reporting fake intruder to police

BROOKLINE – Police arrested a woman and charged her with lying about an intruder who she said attacked her in home.

Theresa Cantella, 25, was charged with making a false report to law enforcement, a misdemeanor, after turning herself in to police Jan. 23, police said.

Police were called to Cantella’s home on Cranberry Lane on Jan. 15 for a report that the she had interrupted a burglary and had been assaulted. Officers arrived within minutes and found Cantella at the bottom of a flight of stairs, conscious and coherent but complaining of injuries she said came from the attack, police said.

Cantella was brought by ambulance to a hospital, where she was treated and released, but police weren’t able to find an intruder or any evidence of one in or near the home, police said.

Cantella was interviewed at the Brookline Police Station on Jan. 16, and police said she confessed to making up the story, staging the home to make it seem like a burglary had occurred and injuring herself. She wasn’t able to give police a reason for the fabrication, police said.

Cantella was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned in Milford district court on Feb. 4, police said.The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail, plus fines.

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