Teen Lied About Kidnapping

Burbank Police converge on the location where the victim was reported pickup from, to gather information from any witnesses and neighbors. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

A Burbank teen lied about being kidnapped yesterday, January 12, according to the Burbank Police. Officers responded to the area near W. Magnolia Blvd. and N. Keystone St., Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. after an unidentified citizen made an initial call reporting a sexual assault. The person was waiting with a “visibly distraught sixteen-year-old female victim” when the police arrived, according to a statement made by police today.

The alleged victim was taken to a local hospital for a medical examination and made an allegation of kidnapping. In the past 24 hours, Burbank Police conducted additional investigative work and interviews with the alleged victim and possible witnesses in the areas she named as where the assault and kidnapping occurred.

“The investigation concluded today and it has been determined the teenage victim created the story of the alleged kidnapping,” Burbank Police stated just before 6:00 p.m. today. “The Burbank Police Department takes all reports of this nature seriously and will continue to take all of the necessary steps to ensure the community’s safety. We have determined there is no threat to the community.”

While filing a false police report is a crime, it will be up to investigators and the Juvenile Division if any charges will be filed against the teen, according to Sgt. Darin Ryburn of the Burbank Police Department.