A South Carolina woman allegedly told a detailed story about a black man brutally attacking her in a Walmart parking lot — but now police are calling it fiction.
Kristen Rimes, 26, claimed she was attacked when she pulled into a Walmart in Columbia around 11:30 p.m. on November 26 to put a friend’s address in her GPS system, the Cola Daily, a paper based in South Carolina, reported at the time. She alleged that while doing so, she heard a voice from behind her car holler, “Hey, girl.”
“I didn’t see anybody, just heard a voice. I said I wasn’t interested and I just rolled my window up,” Rimes told the paper. “I had put my car in park and I didn’t think about how my doors unlock automatically when I do that.”
She claimed that a black man then yanked her out of the car. Rimes then said that her head hit the concrete ground when he attacked her.
“I felt a hit to the right side of my face almost immediately after that," she told the paper. She then said the man tried to pull down her pants.
Rimes claimed her attacker was a black male wearing a hoodie with a jacket over it. She said another man, who she referred to as an “angel,” stepped in and yelled in their direction while her assailant was pulling on her pants, scaring the attacker away.
But now, police are calling it all a lie.
She was charged last month with filing a false police report, the City of Columbia Police Department announced this week. It said investigators determined she was never even in the Walmart parking lot.
It also accused her of stirring up worry in the community.
“After the incident, Rimes reportedly posted information about the false incident on social media causing a public concern,” the department wrote.
It’s unclear if Rimes has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.
[Photo: City of Columbia Police Department]
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