The Tahoma student who reported last week being stabbed by two men as she ran along a trail has admitted that she made up the story, King County Sheriff’s Office detectives say.
Detectives say some of the evidence did not match the 15-year-old girl’s story, and when they confronted the girl, she admitted that she fabricated the story. Detectives declined to explain what that evidence was. They also declined to give the girl’s reason for making up the story.
“While it is unfortunate that the false report created anxiety and a great deal of work for our deputies, we are pleased that there is closure for the community and that the student finally did do the right thing,” King County Sheriff Steve Strachan said in a news release Thursday.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to file charges for false reporting.
The girl had reported that she was out for a jog around 8 p.m. May 23 when two men saw her running on a dirt trail near the Burlington Northern – Santa Fe railroad tracks west of state Route 169 just south of the Maple Valley city limits. The girl told deputies that the men began verbally harassing her, and when she ignored them, they grabbed her from behind, threw her to the ground and tried to remove her pants.
She reported that as she tried to escape, one of the men stabbed her in the leg with a pocket knife, but she ran to a friend’s house on a nearby street. The girl even provided a specific description of one attacker so that deputies could sketch him. With the new information that the stabbing was fabricated, deputies did not explain how the girl’s wound occurred.
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