A 22-year-old San Jose State University student who claimed to be kidnapped at knifepoint from her apartment has since admitted that she made up the entire story, police said Tuesday.
"During the interview, the victim recanted the allegations and stated she fabricated the entire incident," police said in a statement to KNTV. "The community is not at risk, and no suspects are wanted in connection with this investigation."
In the woman’s initial story, she claimed that the kidnapper, who she did not know personally, had forced her to drive him to Oregon last Thursday in her own car, police said. When her automobile ran out of gas, she ran out of the car and hid in some tall grass until night, KRON4 reported, eventually escaping the kidnapper by flagging down a passing car.
"This campus is a community and for all of us to stick together, so I feel like everyone felt that hurt," said graduate student Meha Gupta to NBC. "Then when it turned out not to be true, everyone felt a little betrayed."
The woman had facial injuries from the incident, where she alleged a kidnapper struck her. Police have not said whether or not she would be facing charges for the hoax.