WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Westfield police say two women who prompted an all out man hunt this week when they said they were kidnapped at gunpoint were lying. Now they'll face charges.
Westfield Police Sergeant Raymond Manos says their stories just didn't add up, and when police confronted the two about it, the women admitted they had lied to police. The women were sunbathing on the banks of the Westfield River in Russell on Tuesday and told police they were confronted by a male who had a gun. They said he taped their hands and had them walk down the river towards Westfield to an island. The girls claimed their kidnapper fell asleep and they were able to run away.
A lot of man power was used in the hunt for the fake gunman. In all, 7 state troopers, 4 Westfield police officers, 4 detectives, the state police helicopter and a search dog were called in to search for a suspect.
Sergeant Manos said the girls lied because they were afraid they would get in trouble for trespassing. The investigation is ongoing but charges are expected to be filed.