Thursday, March 20, 2008

Woman Arrested for Making a False Report

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By Michelle Macias

A woman is behind bars tonight after making a false police report. She told police she was attacked and almost raped.

25-year-old Cristina Martinez is being held at the Brownsville Police Department after making what police believe is a false report to hide an extra-marital affair.

Martinez’s husband got a call from his wife Tuesday afternoon. She cried to him she had been sexually assaulted. Her husband immediately called 9-1-1.

“You had police, fire, ambulance and it caused a reaction from law enforcement from public service.”

Martinez alleged she was attacked. She told police a man grabbed her from behind as she attempted to open the door. That’s when he forced her inside her home and attempted to rape her. She said she fought the man and stabbed him in the leg with a kitchen knife. Police investigators, along with several patrol officers spent hours looking for the alleged suspect.

“As our investigation progressed and our questioning progressed then she had to start making up things as we went along.”

Sergeant, Jimmy Manrique, says Martinez confessed she lied about the attack to cover-up an extra-marital affair she was having. Martinez was arrested this morning and charged with making a false report to a police officer, a class B misdemeanor.

“We treated this as a real incident as she reported it and the nature of it, the very nature of being attacked at home is something we take very seriously.”

Manrique says it's the department's duty to treat these types of calls as a major concern, especially for the people who live around the neighborhood.

It might not happen often, but they add up. From January 2007 to now, there have been 31 false reports.

Every time someone makes a false report, it takes officers away from helping people who actually have an emergency.

“It takes away from other officers responding to other calls and this is why we have to hold someone like her accountable for her actions. if we let people get away with doing this were going to have a society here where people are lying to cover their own mistakes up and utilizing the police and resources to do that and that's not going to be tolerated.”

Martinez will be arraigned tomorrow morning. If she's convicted she can face a 180-day sentence or a $2,000 fine.