Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LILBURN -- Police say a woman who claimed to thwart an attempted kidnapping at a Lilburn thrift store fabricated the whole incident.
Lilburn police spokesman Capt. Ben Haynes said Tuesday that Duluth resident Pamela Ann Strong had been arrested and charged with false report of a crime, a misdemeanor. She had not posted $5,700 bond as of Tuesday morning.
Strong's arrest comes almost three weeks after she told police that a man -- described as a 40-year-old white male with a large belly -- approached a young boy at the Park Avenue Thrift Store on Lawrenceville Highway. She reportedly told the boy's father, and later police officers, that the "suspect" lured the boy out of the toy department with money and grabbed the child by the arm.
Strong said she approached the man, who fled without anyone noticing his direction or mode of travel.
In a follow-up interview late last week, Strong allegedly confessed to making up the story.
"Strong stated she never saw the suspect touch the child or attempt to grab the child," Haynes said. "She stated she fabricated the story because she was upset the child's parents let him look at the toys by himself and were not watching him."
The toy section where the incident had allegedly occurred is out of the range of the store's camera system, authorities said at the time.
Strong was arrested at about 1:15 p.m. Monday.
"The department spent several man-hours trying to locate this (original alleged) suspect," Haynes said. "The department takes these types of reports extremely serious and when this was initially reported other investigations were dropped to focus on this one. To later find out this was a fabricated story is extremely disappointing."