Police officers in Texas have begun charging a woman with crimes after lying to them about a fake kidnapping and rape over two weeks prior.
Breana Talbott, 18, has been arrested after admitting to police that the alleged crime had been committed by “three black males”, was actually a hoax.
Jay Burch, the Denison Police Chief said that her actions were “insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community”.
She will be charged with the crime of false reporting.
Police said they are going to seek repayment for costs after their search as well as the investigation, and will close the case for good, calling her crime “unfounded”.
Investigators reported that the ordeal began on March 8, when an individual stating he Talbott’s fiance phoned the police to report her as missing.
The man then told police officers that Talbott’s vehicle was found in a parking lot of a local apartment complex and the alleged victim’s keys, phone, and shoes nearby.
They started a search of the region, and later on that Talbott entered a church nearby wearing only a bra, shirt, and her underwear, with cuts and scrapes all over her body.
The woman stated to the church-goers, and also police officers, that “three black males” with ski masks and a dark SUV assaulted her sexually in woods at the back of the church.
“Almost immediately, Talbott’s story and allegations began to unravel,” wrote Chief Burch in a recent press release.
Officers believe that Talbott staged the alleged crime herself, and she most likely acted alone.
The woman admitted that her injuries had been self-inflicted, say police.
Officials are confused as to the reasons behind her fake story.
“Even though we know the story to be a hoax, there is still potential damage to the reputation of the City of Denison… as many may remember the reported crime but not the outcome,” Chief Burch stated.