Downtown Alley Mugging Fabricated, Woman Says

Below is a press release from the Crystal Lake Police:

The alley where a woman said she was assaulted.

Williams Street Assault

On June 6th, 2011 shortly after 4:00 pm, a 38 year old female reported to police that she had been attacked while walking alone in the alley, on the east side of N. Williams Street between Woodstock Street and Brink Street.

On June 22nd, 2011, Investigators working the case re-interviewed the victim and were able to determine that the original complaint was false.

During the course of the follow-up investigation, the victim was re-interviewed at which time she admitted that she had fabricated the story.

The investigation was ongoing for a period of just over two weeks in which police followed-up on numerous leads, repeatedly canvassed the area for witnesses to the alleged incident, and sought the assistance of outside agencies in an effort to identify the suspect as described by the victim.

All reports pertaining to this investigation will be forwarded to McHenry County State’s Attorney Office and reviewed for possible criminal charges against the victim concerning this matter.

The Crystal Lake Police Department would like to reassure the community that this matter was thoroughly investigated and determined to be fabricated.

We would also thank the members of the community that came forward to provide information or cooperate in any manner with the investigation.

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