Thursday, January 31, 2013

Police: Woman lied about rape and robbery

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A Westmoreland woman who said she was raped and robbed by a Keene man now faces a charge after police say she lied about what happened.

Ashley L. Brideau, 28, is charged with false report to law enforcement.

Brideau told police on Jan. 8 that David Wombolt, 35, sexually assaulted her and robbed her of medication while she was in his vehicle at Wheelock Park, Keene police said.

Wombolt, who is a registered sex offender, was initially charged with aggravated felonious sexual assault, strong-arm robbery, conspiracy to purchase heroin and failure to comply with the sex offender registry law.

After further investigation, police began to question Brideau’s accounts of what happened on Jan. 8, police said.

As a result, the charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault and robbery filed against Wombolt were dropped on Jan. 16, and he was released on bail.

However, the charges of conspiracy to buy heroin and failing to comply with the sex offender registry law still stand.

Wombolt is also charged with a count of violating a protective order for calling a person while he was being held in jail, after the court ordered he have no contact with that person, police said.

Brideau is being held for lack of $400 cash bail at the Cheshire County jail because she also has an outstanding warrant for not appearing in court on a motor vehicle charge from July, police said.

She is scheduled to be arraigned today in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene.

The case is still being investigated by police, and anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigation bureau at 357-9820.