Friday, July 13, 2007

A False Police Report

Usually people don't get charged when they make a false police report, but this man in Los Angeles got the book thrown at him.

City worker lied about attack, police say
By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2007

A former receptionist for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was charged Thursday with two misdemeanor counts of filing a false police report for allegedly lying about an incident in which he was stabbed last month.

Authorities said Nestor Lopez falsely claimed he had been attacked by a group of men in downtown Los Angeles. Lopez, who was bloody from stab wounds when he encountered City Hall security guards after the incident about 3:30 a.m. June 3, reported that he was the victim of a robbery attempt.

But Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, said a police investigation concluded that Lopez had been slashed by a homeless woman. Mateljan said that Lopez startled the woman after touching her while she was sleeping under a blanket near the Civic Center subway station.

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