Rose Pauls a Clarksville, Tennessee woman arrested after filing false report claiming she was robbed while jogging when she had really been out drinking at bar.
A Tennessee woman who told police she was robbed while out jogging was arrested on Tuesday after investigators say she fabricated the story and had actually been out drinking at the time of the alleged attack.
Rose Pauls, 31, alleged having gone running down Nat Hoosier Lane, in Clarksville, during the evening of April 2, when two assailants, ‘sprung out from the darkness and robbed her’.
The woman told officers she was grabbed by a man and woman who ‘punched her and demanded everything she had,’ including her jewelry, before fleeing the scene in a car.
Pauls waited until the next day to report the attack, authorities said, after allegedly getting treatment for ‘injuries to her face and arms’.
Rose Pauls outed after witness testimony claimed she’d been drinking at bar.
Pauls report was said to have sparked panic among members of the local community, according to the Clarksville Police Department, who told of being inundated with calls from ‘deeply disturbed’ residents concerned such an attack could happen in their neighborhood.
Despite working several days and countless hours trying to identify the suspects described by Pauls, police continued to draw a blank FOX17 Nashville reported.
A breakthrough finally came when Detective Neagos – corroborating eyewitness testimony and anonymous tips from Crimestoppers – determined that Pauls hadn’t been out jogging that night as claimed, but had actually been drinking in a nearby bar.
Police to date have declined to speculate what may have motivated Pauls in reporting the bogus attack.
She currently remains in custody at the Montgomery County Jail and has been charged with filing a false police report.
Pauls’ bond is currently set at $5,000.