Southeast Portland

Girl, 16, admits kidnapping story was a hoax

PORTLAND, Ore. – A 16-year-old girl who told police she was kidnapped while walking home from David Douglas High School last week admitted she made up the story, police said.

The girl told police the man let her go after he drove by a police car. Police said she reported the kidnapping on Friday afternoon.

The girl said was walking near Ventura Park between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday when she she noticed a white van with no rear windows and a man inside. She said the driver of the van, a dark skinned man with several tattoos, grabbed her from behind and forced her into the van.

The girl said the man drove northbound to East Burnside Street where he passed a police car and ordered her out of the van.

Detectives said they noticed inconsistencies in the girl's story. She admitted she made it up during an interview with police on Monday.

The girl said a man in a van honked his horn at her, appeared to follow her and at one point stopped the van and called out to her, but he never approached her or grabbed her. She said she ran away from the area and later decided to report that she'd been kidnapped.

Police did not released details about why the girl made up the story. The case will be presented to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office where charges may be filed.