Police: USC student lied about attempted kidnapping

cwinston@thestate.comSeptember 24, 2013 

— A University of South Carolina student was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with lying about an attempted kidnapping.

Rachel Mosser, 18, was charged with filing a false police report and false swearing.

According to a news release, CPD investigators have determined that Mosser lied when she told police that a black male tried to take her against her will as she walked along the 600 block of Pickens Street Tuesday morning.

“The suspect tied up valuable law enforcement resources, time and energy in trying to locate the so-called suspect," said Interim Columbia Police Chief Ruben Santiago in a release. "This case should be a clear example of how lying to police will get you in trouble every time."

Members of the public responded immediately on social media, including Mosser’s own Twitter account and the Columbia Police Department’s Facebook page, expressing concerns and regret that she had chosen a black man as the suspect.

“Why do they always lie on a black man?????” wrote Mary Smith on the CPD’s Facebook page.

The university posted a public safety alert in the early afternoon; it was cancelled around 5:15 p.m.

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