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Liberty Lake woman facing charges for what police say was false report

A woman who told Liberty Lake police last week that she was assaulted by a black man wearing gold chains and a hoodie is now facing a charge of making false police report. “It was completely made up,” said Sgt. Clint Gibson. The woman admitted to police this week that she made it up because she was worried about losing her job and wanted sympathy, said Gibson. Gibson, who took the initial report from the woman at her workplace in the 24000 block of East Mission on Jan. 29, said he was suspicious from the start. The woman claimed that she had been shoved to the ground by her assailant, but her clothes were clean and dry, Gibson said. The fresh snow also cast doubt on the woman’s story. “There were only her tracks that led from her vehicle,” he said. “We were not able to locate any specific area that could have been a crime scene.” The woman was visibly upset and crying, Gibson said. Police took the time to investigate the report to be sure what had happened, he said. “This was pretty extensive for a false report,” he said. “We wanted to reserve judgment in case something actually did occur.”