Victim recants story of attempted kidnapping in Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WOGX FOX 51) -
One week after Gainesville Police officers responded to a reported attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault of a female University of Florida student, the alleged victim said she fabricated the entire story, police officials said on Thursday.
On April 23, a 22-year-old resident at the Campus Lodge apartments said she was attacked at gunpoint in the apartment's parking lot by a man who tied her hands and mouth with a torn t-shirt. At the time, investigators said she had escaped her assailant by kicking him in the groin.
In a follow up interview earlier this week, investigators said the woman recanted her story of the incident, saying it never occurred. Investigators said she fabricated the story as, "a lesson to women in the area that an attack could happen to them."
Detectives said they will be filing a sworn complaint against the woman, recommending charges of filing a false police report to the State Attorney's Office.
Filing a False Police Report is a first degree misdemeanor which carries a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to 1 year of jail time. GPD may also be recommending that the woman repay the cost of the police resources used during the investigation.