False Report: Kidnapping of teenage girl from Lufkin to Kilgore

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The Lufkin Police Department Daily Media Report for February 23, 2011 included information concerning a reported kidnapping incident; "The 17 year old female victim advised that she was sitting in her vehicle in her driveway, when she was approached by a white male. The male made her drive him to Kilgore.

The incident was reported to Lufkin Police by her family. The victim spoke with Kilgore Police. The incident is under investigation." Investigators have since determined that the incident did not occur. Details concerning the investigation are listed below.

At approximately 3:15 PM on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the father of a seventeen-year-old female reported to Lufkin Police Department that an unidentified male suspect kidnapped the seventeen-year-old and forced her to drive him from Lufkin to Kilgore.

According to the report, the complainant stated that his daughter reported to him by telephone that as she back out of the driveway of their residence, located in the 1900 block of Hanks Street in Lufkin, an unidentified, white male suspect approached her vehicle and asked her for directions before entering the vehicle and forcing her to drive him to a Zippy J's convenient store in Kilgore, Texas where the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on-foot from the area. The complainant directed the seventeen-year-old to contact Kilgore Police Department and he contacted Lufkin Police Department.

On February 23, 2011, a Lufkin Police Department Detective conducting a follow-up investigation into the reported Kidnapping incident learned that the seventeen-year-old female confessed to Kilgore Police Department that the kidnapping did not occur.

According to the report, the seventeen-year-old lied to her father about the incident because she was late coming home and did not want her father to discover that she was late. The complainant's reporting of the kidnapping incident to Lufkin Police Department was in good faith, based upon his daughter's statements to him.

Because no crime occurred in Lufkin, any further investigation concerning the incident or the false reporting of the incident by the seventeen-year-old female will be referred to Kilgore Police Department.