Police: Woman seen in kidnapping video made incident up


SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a South Carolina woman seen bound and gagged in a video sent to her mother made up the kidnapping incident and has been charged with filing a false police report.

An arrest warrant released Thursday by Simpsonville Police said Jessica Johnson insisted she was kidnapped after she was found at a motel Tuesday morning, tied up and incoherent.

Investigators said they went to the motel when Johnson’s mother called 911 after being sent video of her daughter gagged, bound and crying.

But later that day, Police Chief Steve Moore said his investigators weren’t getting a lot of answers. Police refused to give more details Thursday to why Johnson would have made up her story.

It wasn’t known if Johnson had a lawyer.

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