EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) — Police in East Longmeadow now say that a woman who claimed to be the possible victim of an attempted abduction made up the entire story, and will be facing charges.
East Longmeadow Police Sgt. Denis Sheehan says that a 42-year-old Springfield woman told police that she was loading groceries into her car at the Stop and Shop on North Main Street around 8:00 p.m. Thursday when a man grabbed her and tried to take her away.
She claimed that, after a brief struggle, the man took off in a blue van.
However, Sheehan tells ABC40′s Brendan Monahan that investigators brought the woman into the police department and informed her that they had reviewed surveillance video from the Stop and Shop parking lot.
Sheehan says the video did not show any such man, and the woman told investigators that she had made the story up. He said the fake report drained department resources. Police are now planning on charging the woman, whose name has not been released, with reporting a false crime.
“A crime like this, it’s very serious,” Sgt. Sheehan said. “We had officers respond to the scene. We’re spending resources following it up. We take these matters very seriously.”
Sheehan says he wants to make sure everyone in East Longmeadow understands one thing.
“This did not happen and that parking lot is as safe as any other parking lot in town, feel free to shop there,” he said.