So remember the woman who claimed she suffered a brutal attack from an "olive-skinned" man while jogging in Fremont early on Saturday? Yeah, turns out she made the whole thing up.
Here's how the "victim" described the attack to Fremont Universe:
I was out jogging in the Fremont neighborhood at 1am in the morning when I saw a suspicious male that was going the opposite direction turn around and follow me, I looped up and around the block towards Aurora Ave and when I was almost to the corner of 42nd Ave and Linden Ave (just 2 blocks off of Fremont) I was attacked abruptly from behind and slammed to the ground. The attacker tried to get my pants down and reached inside them and grabbed my thigh, causing lacerations with his nails. 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. When I came to, he was gone, I found my cellphone in the grass and called 911. The police responded immediately. I was treated for a concussion and numerous contusions to my face and legs at Swedish Meidcal Center.
A frightening account, no doubt. And 1 a.m.!?
Plus, with Duane "Jiggle and Bounce" Starkenburg just released from jail after police say he repeatedly assaulted women in Lincoln Park (doing intentional face-plants into their asses, no less), and at least one other assaulter supposedly still on the loose, folks were rightfully freaked out.
Police aren't saying exactly what tipped them off that the woman's story was bogus.
Det. Jeff Kappel tells Seattle Weekly simply that "our detectives conducted a thorough investigation regarding the recent Fremont jogging assault case and determined that the incident didn't occur."
False reporting is a gross misdemeanor in Washington, as RCW 9A.84.040 states:
A person is guilty of false reporting 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.
So far the woman hasn't been named or charged. But police haven't ruled it out.
We're just glad she didn't throw acid on herself.