Monday, March 12, 2012

Woman charged with falsely reporting kidnap, rape

If you see someone who looks like either of the men pictured, do not panic, and do not call the police. The men pictured were apparently concocted out of whole cloth by a woman police now say lied about being kidnapped and raped.

On February 16, 2012, Jennifer Marie Shipley, 32, of Marietta, Georgia, claimed she had been kidnapped and raped over the course of two days in January 2012.  The police asked for the public’s help identifying two men wanted in the attack. These artist sketches appeared in the news report.

According to the news report:  "Police said the attack began on Jan. 17, when the woman was walking along Windy Hill Road near South Cobb drive in Smyrna. About 8 p.m. that night, she was forced at gunpoint into a 1990s gold Chevrolet Caprice and taken to an unknown location, where she was beaten and sexually assaulted, according to police."  Shipley claimed she wasn't released for two days.

One of the suspects was described as a black male with dreadlocks in his early 20s, 6 feet 2 and 140 pounds. The other suspect was described as a Latino male in his early 20s with short, black, spiked hair, 5 feet 2 and 150 pounds.  Ms. Shipley is white.

Now police say the kidnapping and the rape never happened. Ms. Shipley has been arrested and charged with making the incident up. Police did not give a motive for Shipley's actions.  Police say they have obtained evidence that led to Shipley’s arrest but did not provide details on the evidence. She was charged with one count of making a false statement.

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