A 21-year-old woman who claimed she was the victim of a crime is now being investigated for possibly committing a crime.
Police are telling reporters that the woman, whose name is not being released, admitted she lied about being raped while visiting the UC Santa Cruz campus on Feb. 17; the woman told police she was badly beaten and sexually assaulted in broad daylight near some classrooms.
The alleged assault was widely reported in the media, alarming students across campus; university police increased security patrols and safety escorts while offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who helped them capture the attacker.
But after police spent time, money, and manpower investigating the rape, the woman reportedly recanted her story and told police in the last day that the attack in fact didn't happen at all.
"We have worked around the clock and confirmed that the information that she had provided regarding the event was false," UC Santa Cruz police Chief Nader Oweis told CBS.
Nobody was arrested in connection to the false attack, however, police have now forwarded the latest iteration of this crime to the District Attorney's Office where prosecutors will determine whether to file charges against the woman.
Although it's safe to say there isn't a known rapist on the loose, police are asking students to continue exercising good judgment and caution.