HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - Authorities who accuse a Herndon woman of fabricating a report that she was raped at a Dauphin County shopping center said valuable police time was wasted on the investigation.
Twenty-nine-year-old Amber Adams has admitted to investigators that she was not forced into a car and raped in the parking lot of the Paxton Square Shopping Center on Jan. 29, according to Lower Paxton Township police.
"We had people that just scoured video trying to find the perpetrator's vehicle, hours and hours and hours and hours were spent, not only by us, but by civilians out at the shopping center," Lt. Gary Seefeldt said.
Seefeldt said the report also scared many shoppers and store employees.
"Everybody around there was concerned there was a rapist running around," he said. "They're supposed to be concerned. We got all kinds of phone calls from all sorts of people out there, what should their employees do."
Workers at Med Plus Uniforms and Scrubs said some customers made special plans to shop only during the day.
"Some people would have their keys out before they left. Some people wouldn't come in to shop or pick up things because of it being dark and not being sure what could be lurking in the parking lot," Heather Criste said.
Police said Adams will be sent a summons charging her with making a false report to law enforcement. They did not say why she fabricated the report.