Crime & Courts

Woman who reported attack at Walmart charged with filing false report, Columbia police say

A woman who claimed to have been attacked in the parking lot of a popular Walmart was arrested, according to a tweet from the Columbia Police Department.

According to police, Kristen Michelle Rimes lied about the incident and was charged with filing a false police report and false swearing (to police).

At the time of the incident, Rimes posted about the attack on social media, and it was shared by several Facebook groups, along with a photo of Rimes with bruises on her cheeks and nose and a bloody cut above her eye.

The 26-year-old filed the report that she was “assaulted by an unknown male suspect,” on Nov. 26, 2018, according to a news release from the police.

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Rimes told police she was sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart located in the 300 block of Harbison Boulevard, when she was forced out and hit her head on the pavement, according to the news release.

She also reported to police that during the attack the man assaulting her “tried to force down her pants,” the news release states.

Rimes’ post about the incident on social media caused “a public concern,” police said in the news release.

Rimes’ original Facebook post has been removed from her page, but other posts of her attack remain on social media.

During an investigation it was determined Rimes was not at that Walmart “on the night she claimed the incident occurred,” according to the news release.

Rimes was arrested in December and taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, police reported in the news release.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.