15-year-old girl fabricated stabbing story on Lake Wilderness Trail in Maple Valley | King County Sheriff
By TJ MARTINELL
Covington Reporter Reporter
May 31, 2012 · 11:31 AM
The alleged stabbing of a 15-year-old girl near the Lake Wilderness Trail in Maple Valley last week was fabricated, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West stated in a telephone interview the girl eventually admitted it was fabricated after being re-interviewed by detectives.
"There were things that didn't add up," she said.
The girl initially told deputies that she had been walking on the trail at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 when she was approached by two men.
The girl said the men called her names as she walked by and as she tried to avoid them they grabbed her and threw her to the ground.
The girl told police the men tried to take her pants off and one of the men stabbed her in the leg as she tried to get away.
She also provided a sketch of the suspect, who was described wearing a dark hoodie and camouflage cargo shorts.
A release form the sheriff's office stated detectives would not go into detail about the specifics of the evidence but did say that when they presented the information to the girl she admitted that she had lied.
“While it is unfortunate that the false report created anxiety and a great deal of work for our deputies, we are pleased that there is closure for the community and that the student finally did do the right thing,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan.
Detectives would not say what reason the girl gave for making up the story but did say they are working with prosecutors who will decide if charges will be filed for false reporting.
Contact Covington Reporter Reporter TJ Martinell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-432-1209 ext. 5052.