Police: Woman made up carjacking story to hide gambling

Police: Woman made up carjacking story to hide gambling
Dora Lina Tovar admitted to police that she made up a story about being the victim of a carjacking, assault and attempted rape.

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Police arrested a Beaverton woman who they said made up a story about a carjacking, assault and attempted rape so her boyfriend wouldn’t know she was playing video poker.

On Sept. 7 just before 3 a.m., police said Dora Lina Tovar, 32, called 911 and told police that a man with a mustache and strong body odor got into her car, showed her a knife and told her he was going to rape her. She then said the man told her to drive her car, but she managed to escape with her keys and run toward her nearby home, near the intersection of NW Cornell Road and 113th Avenue.

The story made headlines on Friday, then on Monday, Beaverton Police officers said Tovar made the story up. Officers arrested her for giving a false report to police.

Detectives found surveillance video that showed Tovar was playing video poker at the time she told police she was being held against her will. Tovar admitted to police that she made the story up because she didn’t want her boyfriend to know she was gambling, according to police spokesman Mike Rowe.

"The Beaverton Police Department feels that false reports do such a disservice to our community, especially false reports involving reported violence," Rowe said in a news release. "The Beaverton Police Department investigates every report to the fullest or resources will allow. In doing this, a report of a kidnapping, assault and attempted sexual assault require a large number of resources."

Tovar was taken to the Washington County Jail where she faces one charge of initiating a false report.