A San Francisco woman who last month reported being robbed and then sexually assaulted twice in less than one week made the story up, a San Francisco police spokesman said today.
Why the woman lied about the attacks is not clear.
“It was all fabricated,” San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said, adding that he was not aware of her motive.
Investigators with the police department's Sexual Assault Section who are handling the case were not available for comment today.
According to police, the 27-year-old San Francisco woman reported that she was attacked by a man and a woman on Nov. 10 as she was walking from the Glen Park Bay Area Rapid Transit station at about 5:30 p.m.
The woman reportedly told police a woman in her 20s stole her purse, slapped her and pushed her to the pavement, and then a man in his 20s sexually assaulted her.
The woman also reported that on Nov. 15, as she was parking in her garage, the same male suspect followed her into the garage, threatened her with a handgun, and again sexually assaulted her, according to police.
The woman gave very specific descriptions of her alleged attackers, from which police prepared sketches and posted them on the department's Web site.
“I believe that she made all the details up,” Mannina said.
The sketches have now been removed.
The woman has not been arrested, but Mannina said police will now confer with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office to determine if charges of making a false police report will be filed against the as-yet unnamed woman.
Mannina said police were not releasing the information about the woman “to embarrass her or put her on the spot,” but “to put the community at ease that there's not a robber or a rapist in the Glen Park Area or in the
community in general,” he said.