Thursday, March 3, 2011

Police say woman lied about Fremont sexual assault

The woman who told police she was sexually assaulted by a man Saturday morning in Fremont was lying, investigators said Tuesday.

The woman, who gave interviews describing the fake attack in detail, told police she was approached by an unknown man about 1:50 a.m. near North 43rd Street and Linden Avenue North.

"The attacker tried to get my pants down and reached inside them and grabbed my thigh, causing lacerations with his nails," a woman who identified herself as the victim told the Fremont Universe blog. "At this time I started elbowing him in the face as hard as I could and screaming. He then slammed my head into the cement so hard I lost consciousness."

The woman pinned the fake attack on a man with olive complexion, about 5-foot-9 and a muscular build.

Police said that story didn't add up.

False reporting is a gross misdemeanor in Washington. The law states a person is guilty "if with knowledge that the information reported, conveyed or circulated is false, he initiates or circulates a false report or warning of an alleged occurrence or impending occurrence of a fire, explosion, crime, catastrophe, or emergency knowing that such false report is likely to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or transportation facility, or to cause public inconvenience or alarm."

Police spokesman Jeff Kappel wouldn't say if police considered sending their investigation to the City Attorney, whose office could file the false reporting charge. The office hadn't received the case late Tuesday.
Kappel didn't elaborate on the extent of police resources that were wasted, and referred to a short department statement saying the incident didn't occur.

Police say false reports are not uncommon.

In another Dec. 2009 case, a woman told police she was raped by a stranger in a First Hill parking garage. She also lied, but detectives said she suffered from medical issues and she was not charged. She blamed the fake attack on a dark-skinned black man, describing her attacker as 6-feet tall with a muscular build. She claimed he wore a dark ski mask and implied he had a gun.

In 2003, a Roosevelt High School student was lured by classmates to Snohomish County after they believed he raped the girlfriend of one of the classmate. Before he was killed, the student told police the sex was consensual, and about a month after the alleged rape, the girl recanted the allegation.

She was not charged, and the teen was murdered. The teens who beat him to death were sentenced to 22 and 25 years in prison.