SAN JOSE — The San Jose Police Department announced that it was not making an arrest in a case in which a woman claimed a suspect held a knife to her throat and forced her to drive to the state of Oregon.
According to San Jose Police, “On Saturday, May 27, 2017, at approximately 1:00 AM, the Coos County Sheriff’s Department in Oregon contacted the San Jose Police Department to report that they received a call from a citizen who found a frightened woman running down the road.” This is where the story of the 22-year-old woman’s journey started to unravel.
The San Jose Police Department, along with the Coos County Sheriff’s Department, started to piece together that the woman might have given a false statement to police after launching an investigation into her whereabouts the night of her alleged kidnapping.
The woman stated that she was near San Jose State University when she was kidnapped at knifepoint and told to drive just before the commencement ceremony in which graduating students were to receive their diplomas.
In working with the San Jose State University Police, her story began to fall apart just as she began to describe her attacker.
Knowing that her story didn’t make sense and the clues to the attacker showed little or no evidence that the event occurred, the female victim began to recant the incident and was deemed unreliable.
Sergeant Enrique Garcia with the San Jose Police said, “During the interview, the victim recanted the allegations and stated she fabricated the entire incident.”