For hours, police worked to catch the man they were told attempted to kidnap a student on the University of South Carolina campus Tuesday morning.
They searched the area, posted a public safety alert and called in a forensics artist with the State Law Enforcement Division to do a sketch of the suspect – only to discover later that it was all a lie, officials said.
Ms. Mosser allegedly told CPD and the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety Officers that a black man attempted to take her against her will as she was walking along the 600 block of Pickens Street around 10:30 a.m., Ms. Timmons said.
She said the man approached her from behind, grabbed her arm and attempted to kidnap her. But she said she was able to get away, Ms. Timmons said.
"The suspect tied up valuable law enforcement resources, time and energy in trying to locate the so-called suspect,” Interim Police Chief Mr. Ruben Santiago said. “This case should be a clear example of how lying to police will get you in trouble every time. The suspect is now headed to jail, facing felony charges for making up a crime."
Members of the public responded immediately on social media, including Ms. Mosser’s Twitter account and the police department’s Facebook page, expressing concerns and regret that she had chosen a black man as the suspect.
“Why do they always lie on a black man?????” wrote Mary Smith on the CPD’s Facebook page. "Why lie period???"
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