Springdale police: Woman lied about sexual assault

04/10/2014 4:16 PM

03/14/2015 3:35 AM

A woman who said he was sexually assaulted in October by a man impersonating an officer was lying, Springdale Police announced Thursday.

A $2,000 reward was offered by a local business after a woman said she was pulled over at about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 by a man driving a vehicle with a small blue light. She told police she was repeatedly hit in the head, dragged into the woods and sexually assaulted on Watling Road near Augusta Road.

Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett on Thursday said his officers, along with assistance from SLED, analyzed the crime scene, gathered evidence from the victim, scoured video surveillance and interviewed hundreds of possible witnesses.

“We gathered any bit of evidence we could,” Cornett said.

But nothing confirmed the woman’s story.

Officers interviewed the woman once again on Thursday morning. She did not confess to making up the story, Cornett said. But she did not dispute the officers’ points, either, and quickly ended the interview.

Cornett said it’s unclear whether charges will be pursued against the woman.

“If she needs help, we want to get her help,” Cornett said. “We want the best result possible.”

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