Woman arrested for false report about carjacking, assault
- Shannon O. Wells
- Beaverton Valley Times - News
Police question veracity of second reported carjacking on Friday
Police arrested a Beaverton woman on Monday who claimed she was the victim of a carjacking, assault and attempted sexual assault early Friday morning, alleging she filed a false police report to cover up her actual whereabouts.
Investigators into the incident one two separate carjacking incidents reported in Beaverton early Friday morning determined Dora Lina Tovar, 32, of Beaverton, was not at the locations she said she was before the reported carjacking near Northwest Cornell Road and 113th Avenue.
Police arrested Tovar, who is jailed on accusations of initiating a false police report.
Police were dispatched to the Cornell and 113th Avenue intersection at 2:44 a.m. Friday and contacted Tovar at her nearby residence. The alleged victim told police she stopped her car at a stop sign at the intersection when a male adult walked in front of her car and entered her vehicle through the passenger door. She said the suspect displayed a knife and told her to drive, but she was able to pull over, remove her car keys and run to her residence to call police, said Officer Mike Rowe, spokesman for the Beaverton Police Department.
During the investigation, however, detectives determined Tovar was not at the locations she said shed been just before the incident. Surveillance video police obtained showed Tovar playing video poker during the time she said she was being held against her will and assaulted in her vehicle.
Because of this and other evidence, detectives now believe Tovar made up the entire incident, Rowe said. Tovar admitted to investigators she filed a false police report because she didnt want her boyfriend to know she was playing video poker, Rowe said.
The Beaverton Police Department feels that false reports do such a disservice to our community, especially false reports involving reported violence, the officer added on behalf of the department. The (department) investigates every report to the fullest or resources will allow. In doing this, a report of a kidnapping, assault and attempted sexual assault require a large number of resources.
In this case not only did Tovar's false report use up valuable recourses that could have been used in other areas of our community, he said, it caused false alarm in the community.
The first carjacking reported on Friday involved the use of a gun at 14305 S.W. Millikan Way, leading to the arrest of Omarcus Zenus Rhone-Fields-James, 18, and a 17-year-old male, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile.
Police were dispatched to the area at 12:09 a.m. Officers contacted the victim, who said a black adult male confronted him with a gun as he was leaving work and ordered him to hand over his car keys. The victim handed over his keys, and the subject got in his car, driving east on Millikan Way. The victim was not injured during the robbery, Rowe said.
An officer spotted the victim's vehicle, a blue Lexus XE300 sedan, on Southwest Electric St. at 12:29 a.m. Two black males reportedly ran from the vehicle, and one was taken into custody at the vehicle. The second suspect was tracked to an apartment on Electric Street and taken into custody a short time later.
The suspects were taken to the Beaverton Police Department before being transported to the Washington County Jail.