Caught in a lie: Texan McCain volunteer had prior mental issues

The College Station, Texas woman who falsified a police report claiming assault and robbery at the hands of a vindictive African-American man who was pro-Obama is sitting in jail, with bail was set at $50,000.

The 20 year-old McCain campaign worker, who was allegedly comforted by Sen. John McCain and Gov, Sarah Palin according to CNN, made up an elaborate story about being attacked by a man angered at the sight of a John McCain bumper sticker on her car.

Ashley Todd admitted making up the report to police, after a lie-detector test was administered and conflicting information was questioned by the police.

Todd, 20, of College Station, Texas, has been charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, a police report said, and she is being held at the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Todd will appear in court again October 30, when she is expected to enter a plea.

Todd must be evaluated at a behavioral clinic if she posts bail, according to CNN.

“This has wasted so much time. … It’s just a lot of wasted man hours,” Assistant Police Chief Maurita Bryant said at a press briefing.

The fabricated story Todd spun was that a black man approached her Wednesday night at an ATM in Pittsburgh’s East End, put a knife to her neck and demanded money, said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard.

Police found “several inconsistencies” in Todd’s statement combined with the fact she was not seen in any surveillance videos taken at the ATM. She was asked to take a polygraph test Friday morning, Richard said. The results were not made public.

Todd then reportedly came to the police station to help work on a composite sketch of the alleged attacker. When she arrived, Todd “told them she just wanted to tell the truth” — that she was not robbed, and there was no attacker, Bryant said.

Todd originally told police a man “punched her in the back of the head, knocking her to the ground, and he continued to punch and kick her while threatening to teach her a lesson for being a McCain supporter,” according to a police statement.

Todd had claimed her attacker “called her a lot of names and stated that ‘You are going to be a Barack supporter,’ at which time she states he sat on her chest, pinning both her hands down with his knees, and scratched into her face a backward letter ‘B’ on the right side of her face using what she believed to be a very dull knife.”

“She is stating that she was in her vehicle driving around, and she came up with this idea,” Bryant said. “She said she has prior mental problems and doesn’t know how the backward letter ‘B’ got on her face.”

However, Todd was the only one in the vehicle, and “when she saw the ‘B’ she thought she must have been the one who did it,” Bryant said.

“We’re talking with the district attorney’s office and conferring on just how we’re going to handle it,” she said. “It’s been different stories through the night and this morning.”

Before the report was revealed to be false, McCain spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said that McCain and running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “spoke to the victim and her family after learning about the incident.”

 

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