The woman who told University of South Carolina Police she was almost kidnapped by a black male near the 600 block of Pickens Street made up her claims, according to Columbia Police.
CPD arrested 18-year-old Rachel Mosser and charged her with filing a false police report and false swearing.
Mosser originally said a black man in his 30's grabbed her arm from behind and instructed her to come with him around 10:30 a.m.
"After further investigation by law enforcement, it has been determined that there was no attempted kidnapping," said a statement posted to USC's Crime Alert page.
After the report, University of South Carolina police and Columbia police searched the area, but did not locate a suspect.
Mosser was transported to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
"The suspect tied up valuable law enforcement resources, time and energy in trying to locate the so-called suspect," said Columbia Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago. "This case should be a clear example of how lying to police will get you in trouble every time. The suspect is now headed to jail, facing felony charges for making up a crime."
The case is being investigated by the Columbia Police Department.
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