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Woman admits faking kidnapping and assault

Story intended to cover up loss of medieval role-playing money

Police say the former treasurer of a medieval re-enactment group pretended to be kidnapped and sexually assaulted to hide the fact that she spent $1,500 it had raised.

According to the police, Newberg resident Stephanie Brown, 29, called 9-1-1 from near the archery range on Washington Park at 2:10 p.m. Thursday. Brown was crying and unable to provide specific details about where she was, but police were able to locate her near Highway 26 at the Southwest Jefferson ramp with the help of her cell phone company.

Brown initially told detectives that she was in Portland to meet someone to turn over $1,500 that was raised in a September fundraiser by the nonprofit group AMTGARD, which does live-action role-playing. Brown told detectives that she is the former treasurer of the group, and that she was kidnapped by a stranger and taken to the remote location, where she was sexually assaulted and left alone. When officers found her, they noted a plastic zip tie on her wrist and a condom wrapper on the ground.

Detectives say that Brown had very little detail about the attacker or how the assault occurred, however. She finally admitted that she made the story up to hide the fact that she'd spent the $1,500. Brown told detectives that she brought the zip tie and condom wrapper with her and made the 9-1-1 call herself.

Detectives will present the case to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for consideration and possible follow-up with the group, which is not located in Portland.