DENISON, Texas - Police say an 18-year-old Texas woman who burst into a church and claimed she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three black males in the woods has admitted she lied.
Denison Police Chief Jay Burch says on Facebook that Breana Harmon Talbott, 18, confessed Tuesday night and admitted she had staged the attack. She also admitted the injuries to her body were self-inflicted.
The investigation began when police received a call on the evening of March 8 from Talbott’s worried fiance who reported her missing . He said a neighbor he had sent to do a welfare check on her found her keys and a shoe on the ground outside her apartment.
The police department "mobilized all available resources" and began searching for Talbott. During the search, a 911 caller from a nearby church reported that a woman had disrupted their service to ask for help. She was wearing only her shirt, bra and underwear. She appeared to be bleeding from several cuts and scratches.
She told detectives three black males wearing ski masks had kidnapped her near her vehicle outside her apartment
Breana disrupted a local church service to ask for help. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
She was found wearing only her shirt, bra and underwear. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
She said they took her in a black SUV to a wooded area where one suspect held her down while the other two raped her.
“The case quickly gathered regional attention due to the severity of the alleged crime and rumours quickly begin to spin out of control through social media. Almost immediately, Talbott’s story and allegations began to unravel. Within only a day or two, detectives had doubts as to most of Talbott’s allegations,” Denison Police Chief Jay Burch said.
Police are now closing the case. They believe Talbott caused her own injuries and staged the whole incident. There was also no medical evidence of a sexual assault.