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False Rape Report
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By PIO Ryan Wilbur
August 17, 2023

Multiple deputies responded to a North Stafford subdivision for a serious and urgent allegation. When the investigation was over, no one was laughing over the “joking” matter.

On August 16th at approximately 3:59 p.m. dispatch received a call in the Widewater Village subdivision. The caller advised there was a “female yelling ‘I’m being raped’”. The caller then hung up. As Communication Officers attempted to call back the number multiple times, deputies rushed to the area to help.

Despite multiple attempts to locate a victim, a suspect, or any signs of an incident, deputies were unsuccessful. Communications Officers were able to gather more information that the incident may be in the Hidden Valley Mobile Home Community. There deputies made contact with two juveniles, one of which had the phone the call originated from. It was discovered the juveniles were “joking around” and it was a prank call.

Both juveniles were informed of the seriousness of a rape allegation and how many resources were dispatched. A criminal complaint for falsely summoning law enforcement was filed for both juveniles involved.

We ask parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of providing false statements to law enforcement. Not only is it illegal, but important resources are taken away from those who need it. Please make sure they understand to only contact law enforcement for emergencies.

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