Grand jury indicts woman who filed false rape report

Gresham police arrest Danielle E. Hayes
by: contributed photo Danielle Elizabeth Hayes

A Gresham woman who lied about being raped by two men behind a bookstore at a busy shopping center is behind bars on a charge of filing a false police report.

Following a Multnomah County grand jury indictment, police arrested Danielle Elizabeth Hayes, 35, of Gresham on Friday, Aug. 12, on two misdemeanor counts of initiating a false report, said Officer John Rasmussen, Gresham police spokesman.

Hayes sparked fear throughout East Multnomah County with her Monday, July 25, claim that two men grabbed her in broad daylight as she was getting into her minivan on the westside of Borders bookstore, pulled her dress over her head and raped her in the 600 block of Northwest 12th Street.

The distraught woman initially reported the man yanked her wedding ring off her finger during the rape and stole it.

At the time of the report, police asked for the community's help identifying the attackers, saying the case was very unique.

Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows and rarely take place in a busy public place in broad daylight.

Five days later, Gresham police held a press conference to announced the woman recanted her story and confessed that she made it up.

At the time police refused to disclose any possible motive.

But now that a grand jury has indicted her, Rasmussen said she 'confessed to making up the entire story in an elaborate attempt to cover-up personal indiscretions.'

And that's what led to the second charge.

In addition to the initial confession that she lied about the shopping center attack, she changed her story, saying she'd been assaulted by an acquaintance earlier in the day.

'That story unraveled too with the examination of her text message conversations with the alleged suspect, showing their contact was consensual,' Rasmussen said.

Hayes was arrested at 6:03 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. She is being held on $2,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center.