Police: Teen Girl Fakes Abduction To Gain Sympathy After Breaking-Up With Boyfriend

Crying wolf didn’t work out for a Middleburg teen after authorities call a reported abduction a hoax.

Ankita Lavender, 16, lied to investigators, telling her father and police that two men forced her into a truck on Tuesday night.  According to WOKV, Lavender fabricated her story to gain sympathy after breaking up with her ex-boyfriend.

Lavender reported to her ex-boyfriend that she was being followed before making a call to her father to tell him that she had been abducted.  Within two hours, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office began their search for the teen with air support from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as well as Fire and Rescue personnel.  That same night an amber alert was also issued to locate the teen based on the then-serious nature of the event.

Four hours after the initial alert to authorities, Lavender was found on Henley Road only a few minutes away from her hometown, where she maintained her story before coming clean to authorities and investigators.

“The young lady has, in fact, recanted her statement,” says the Charlotte County Sheriff Office’s Colonel Craig Aldrich.

Aldrich says that next steps will include presenting the case to the State Attorney’s Office where a possible charge of filing a false police report could be brought up, which would result in a misdemeanor charge and her family owing restitution.

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