Sherwood woman arrested for police hoax
- Geoff Pursinger
- The Times - News
Sherwood police have arrested an 18-year-old woman who fabricated a story of being accosted in her Sherwood home last Thursday.
Alison Reitz was cited and released Wednesday and faces charges of initiating a false police report and disorderly conduct after investigators found no evidence to support the woman's claim that she was accosted and tied up by an intruder on July 7.
'Sherwood Police have taken this action due to the unnecessary alarm caused within the community and the needless expenditure of emergency resources, including assistance from Tualatin Police, King City Police, Washington County Sheriff's patrol officers and forensics staff and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue paramedics,' said Jim Reed, Sherwood Police spokesman.
Police responded to the home on Aldergrove Avenue near Sunset Boulevard in Sherwood on July 7 shortly after midnight to reports that a woman had been accosted and tied up by an attacker.
The woman told police that she lost consciousness and called friends for help. She said she couldn't provide a description of the attacker.
About a block of Aldergrove Avenue was shut down for a few hours while investigators and a K-9 unit searched the neighborhood.
According to Reed, the woman admitted to lying about the incident on Friday after being questioned by police, saying that she told the story to her friends to get attention because of family problems.
Reed said that the woman didn't intend to call police, but friends she called for help summoned police after they were told her fabricated story.
'There were a lot of resources expended on this response and investigation,' said Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth in a statement. 'I am told there was significant concern expressed on social media by citizens that this happened in this community.'
Reitz was cited in Washington County Circuit Court with an appearance date set for Aug. 2.
She was charged with second degree disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum fine of $2,500 and potential jail term of up to six months.
Filing a false police report carries a maximum fine of $1,250 and a 30-day jail term.