FOSTORIA, Ohio — A Pandora woman was charged this week after police say she cooked up a false story about an alleged assault to authorities in March.
Danielle Miller, 27, of Pandora, Ohio, was charged with falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.
On March 5 at approximately 2:42 p.m., the Fostoria Police Division became aware of a social media post circulating which alleged an assault had occurred at Save A Lot, 895 N. County Line St., even though the department had not received any reports of an assault or attack.
Officers with the Fostoria Police Division asked another law enforcement agency to contact Miller, the alleged assault victim who lived several counties away, according to Fostoria PD Chief Keith Loreno.
Miller filed a report after being contacted by law enforcement and gave information as to the assailant as well as other details.
Miller’s report included an allegation that the assailant bit her in the neck and caused her to “bleed a lot.”
Miller described the assailant as a black male, approximately 30 years old, and claimed he attacked her when she pulled her car over on Countyline St. after she heard a noise.
Interviews were conducted by the Fostoria Police Division and surveillance video from the area and other evidence were collected and sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for analysis.
The items that Miller claimed to have blood on, including her clothing, were determined to be soiled with another red-colored liquid that was not blood.
“This is a disturbing accusation and certainly an insult to the people of Fostoria in which many people were scared thinking someone was attacking individuals without provocation.”. “This kind of social media posting caused a lot of fear and I am so thankful my officers and detective put a lot of effort into investigating this alleged incident,” Loreno said in a statement.