Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Abbotsford woman, Tammi Zall, fabricated sexual assault story: police

An Abbotsford woman has been charged with public mischief after she created a frenzy by falsely reporting a man broke into her apartment then attacked and assaulted her two weeks ago, Abbotsford police said.

After skeptical police confronted Tammi Zall, 22, with some evidence gathered, she admitted she made up the story, police said in a news release on Wednesday.

After Zall called 911 on July 29, police had deployed officers and a K9 unit to search the area, and crime detectives and forensic identification unit members investigated.

Police issued a news release with a description of the supposed suspect and warned residents to lock their doors and windows. Several residents called and e-mailed, concerned the "balcony rapist" was at large, police said.

Police said the fear she created and the large investment of police resources led them to charge her with the false report.

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