SPD Investigators Determine Report of Robbery, Assault was False

Investigation into false report is ongoing

Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285


Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:17 p.m.


Spokane Police responded to and have investigated a report of robbery and sexual assault in N. Spokane. Investigators have determined the incident was falsely reported, likely to conceal the taking of money to purchase drugs. Investigation into the false report is ongoing.

Today, February 19, 2015, at approximately 1:00 pm, Spokane Police received a report of suspicious circumstances in the 1900 block of E. Cataldo Ave. A female reported that she had been pulled over by a person in a white Crown Victoria-style vehicle, robbed and sexually assaulted. Spokane Police officers and detectives from the Major Crimes Special Victims Unit (SVU) responded to the scene and began their investigation into the incident.

After a thorough investigation, (review of surveillance video, information provided by a witness, and other investigative follow-up) SVU detectives determined the incident was falsely reported, likely to conceal the taking of money to purchase of drugs.

Investigation into the false report is ongoing and a decision to file a false reporting charge will be made by detectives as the investigation progresses.



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