Holley man, 18, makes up hoax about homicide in Hamlin

Staff Reports Posted 21 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Mason Requa is charged with falsely reporting an incident

Mason Requa

HAMLIN – A Holley resident had law enforcement officers searching for several hours last night for perpetrators of a homicide in Hamlin, until Mason Requa admitted it was a hoax.

He told police he made up the story after he was late delivering a pizza and didn’t want to get fired.

Requa, 18, of Holley called 911 to report he witnessed a homicide at about 9 p.m. Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies, the U.S. Border Patrol and State Police searched the area for about four hours until Requa admitted the incident did not occur, Cpl. John Helfer of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office told reporters today.

Requa has been charged with falsely reporting an incident. He was arraigned in Hamlin Town Court and jailed in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,500 bond.