Teen Fakes Kidnap And Rape By Covering Herself In Blood And Running Half-Naked To Church For Help

She claimed she had been kidnapped by "three black males" who held her down and raped her behind a church.

A Texas teenager was formally indicted on Wednesday after police said she confessed to making up a terrifying kidnapping and sexual assault that led to panic throughout the community, KXII-TV reported.

On Mar. 8, the fiancé of Breana Harmon Talbott called 911, reporting that the 18-year-old girl had gone missing, police said.

He told police that her car was found in a parking lot with the driver's door open and her phone, keys and a shoe abandoned nearby.

Later that evening, Talbott—covered in scratches and wearing only a shirt, bra, and underwear—wandered into a church and allegedly told witnesses that she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.

Denison police spoke to the young woman, who allegedly told them that "three black males" wearing ski masks had kidnapped her from her car.

The men then brought her to the woods, and two of them raped her while the other held her down, she told police.

"Almost immediately, Talbott’s story and allegations began to unravel," Denison police said in a remarkable statement from March 22. "Within only a day or two, detectives had doubts as to most of Talbott’s allegations."

"According to Talbott’s confession, we believe the crime scene – from the initial “kidnapping” scene at the apartment complex to the point of Talbott’s condition when she walked into the church - were staged," the statement continued. "Talbott also admitted the injuries to her body were self-inflicted."

"Although I do not have the official report, it is our understanding that medical personnel who examined Talbott were unable to corroborate that Talbott had been sexually assaulted," police said.

"Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax," they added. "The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary."

"Many persons fell victim to Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax," the statement went on. "The police were quickly disparaged by Talbott’s family and friends. Social media comments and opinions were out of control making it difficult to focus on solving this case. Even though we originally assumed this case to be legitimate, the great work of Denison Police Department investigators and officers quickly led to major questions as to the validity of the alleged crime. Even though we strongly felt this was a hoax soon into the investigation, it was my decision to delay notifying the public until we had 100% confirmation it didn’t happen. Plus, we wanted to insure we did everything we could on the remote chance there was any truth to the alleged crime."

Talbott was initially charged with a class B misdemeanor of a false report to a police officer, according to this March statement. Yesterday, she was was indicted on two third-degree felony counts of tampering with physical evidence and a third-degree felony count of tampering with a government record.

She was also charged with a state-jail felony count of tampering with a government record.

“Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of false report to a peace officer,” Grayson County, Texas, District Attorney Joe Brown said in a press release Wednesday. “However, the more we have looked at what happened in this case, and considered the harm it caused, and certainly could have caused, we believe what she did fits these higher charges. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”

[Photo: Denison Police Department}

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