A South Carolina woman who claimed a “black male” attacked her in a Walmart parking lot was busted for allegedly lying to investigators — who said she made up the whole story, police said this week.
Local cops revealed in a statement Wednesday that Kristen Rimes was “never at the location on the night she claimed the incident occurred.”
Rimes, 27, initially told officers that she left a restaurant in Columbia around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 26, then pulled into the store’s parking lot to type a friend’s address into her GPS, Cola Daily reported at the time.
She was on the outskirts of the lot when she claimed she heard a voice behind her yell, “Hey girl!”
“I didn’t see anybody, just heard a voice. I said I wasn’t interested and I just rolled my window up,” Rimes recounted to the outlet. “I had put my car in park and I didn’t think about how my doors unlock automatically when I do that.”
Suddenly, she claimed, a man opened her car door and yanked her out, causing her to hit her head on the pavement.
“I felt a hit to the right side of my face almost immediately after that,” she told the outlet.
Then her supposed attacker began tugging on her pants until a good Samaritan yelled and scared him away, she claimed.
She told the outlet that she didn’t get a good look at the “suspect,” but did catch a glimpse when he pulled her from the car.
“He was a black male, medium build, wearing a hoodie with a jacket over it,” she said.
She even posted about the incident on social media, “causing public alarm,” Columbia police said.
“My co worker! Bless her shes been through a lot,” April Bodi posted to Facebook a day after the allegedly phony incident, with a link to the news coverage. “So glad shes okay! Everyone be on the look out and please travel in pairs. I even call my fiance when I have to walk to my car from work just to be sure someone knows what’s happening.”
She since has updated the post with the note, “**EDIT YES I KNOW SHES BEEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR FALSE POLICE REPORT. VERY UPSET.”
Rimes was booked last month at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, cops said. She was charged with filing a false report and lying to officers.
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