BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A McCalla woman has been arrested after law enforcement said she made up a story about being raped at a gas station.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, in a statement Wednesday to FOX6 News, said Brittany Krider, 18, of McCalla, was arrested Tuesday and charged with giving false information to law enforcement. Investigators said she lied about being raped outside a service station in McCalla, causing email and internet rumors.
The investigation began April 13, when investigators said Bessemer Police responded to a report of an 18-year-old woman being treated at a hospital for what she reported as a rape at a local area service station. The victim said at about 9 p.m. she was returning to her vehicle after going inside a McCalla area service station to pay for gasoline when she was forced into the back of her vehicle by a masked man and sexually assaulted. Bessemer Police notified the Sheriff's Office of the incident, which was in the county's jurisdiction, and detectives from the sheriff's department took over the investigation on April 15th.
Sheriff's investigators said they reviewed the video at the service station and could not find Krider nor alleged offender on tape at the time the victim alleged the assault occurred. When questioned about the video, Krider changed her story stating the offense took place outside of a McCalla-area home. When questioned why she made up the service station story, investigators said Krider told them she was out past curfew and was afraid her parents would be mad.
Investigators said further questioning of the alleged suspect and the victim revealed the entire report was fabricated. Investigators said they believe Krider made up the report because of being out late and other issues.
The Sheriff's Department said this incident made its way to several email addresses and the internet, growing to the point where rumors spread that the same type incident had occurred two other times over the last week prior to this report.
The Sheriff's Department said Krider was booked Tuesday into the Jefferson County Jail and released on $5,000 bond.
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