1. Teen claimed she was kidnapped and gang raped. Two weeks later, she’s admitted to making it up.
— Liz Farmer (@liz_farmer) March 22, 2017
A Texas teenager who ran into a church and claimed that “three black males” wearing ski masks had abducted and raped her has admitted it was all a hoax, police say.
According to the Dallas News, Brianna Harmon Talbott confessed she had made up the story to police on Tuesday.
The next day, she was arrested on a charge of making a false report to officers.
The 18-year-old was reported missing by her fiancé on March 8, after finding her car with the driver’s door open, and her phone, keys and one shoe nearby.
She later burst into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear. According to police reports at the time, there were visible cuts and scrapes all over her body.
Police now believe the crime scene, including the alleged kidnapping scene and the church where she was found, was staged. Talbott also admitted her injuries were self-inflicted.
Medical personnel who examined the teen after she was found were “not able to corroborate her claims” that she had been sexually assaulted.
Police aren’t completely sure of the motives behind her false report, but Denison Police Chief Jay Burch has called her falsified claims an “insult to the community”.
“[Her hoax is] especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax,” he said.