An 18-year-old Texas woman’s claim that she was abducted and assaulted two weeks ago were a hoax, Denison police said Wednesday.
The incident caused a whirlwind of speculation in the town near the Oklahoma border after the bloody woman ran into a church wearing only a shirt, bra and underwear and lied about being abducted and raped by three black males in ski masks. Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said.
The woman, identified as Breana Harmon Talbott, confessed to the hoax Tuesday, Burch said.
Talbott was arrested Wednesday on a charge of making a false report to a peace officer.
In a searing statement, Burch said Talbott caused fear in the area and wasted the department’s time and resources.
“Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax. The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and so unnecessary.”
The Denison Police Department also plans to seek restitution for the cost of the investigation.
The department mobilized all available resources to look for her, even putting other cases aside to focus on the apparent abduction.
the case sparked racial tensions and outrage before it was learned that Talbott was lying-
One subreddit dedicated to Donald Trump posted the following:
“Three black man kidnapped and gang raped an engaged 18 year old white girl yesterday. IF THE RACES WERE REVERSED, THIS WOULD BE NATIONAL NEWS. THESE MEN DESERVE TO BE HANGED.”