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Woman Admits To Fabricating Ross Twp. Carjacking Claim

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ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A woman who claimed to have been the victim of an attempted carjacking in Ross Township has admitted to making up the entire event.

On July 17, the woman told police a man tried to take off in her car with her baby inside. She said had to fight him off and was hit in the face, but none of it was true.

According to police, this incident allegedly happened near the Burlington Coat Factory on McKnight Road. Police said her story had too many inconsistencies and the surveillance video showed nothing happened.

“It was at that time that she did admit that she had made the event up, that she was suffering a lot of personal problems in her life and difficulties with her husband. It was more of a call for help for the issues that she was dealing with personally than it really was that she never meant for it to go this far to be reported to the police,” Ross Township Police Detective Brian Kohlhepp said.

The woman did have a scratch on her face, but it was caused by her child accidentally hitting her with a toy.

Police are currently deciding whether or not to charge her with filing a false police report.

“Victims that aren’t true victims don’t quite know how to act and a lot of that sends up red flags with our investigators,” Kohlhepp said. “As we proceeded to pull surveillance video that showed the event where it should have occurred, there was nothing on the surveillance video.”

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