Former UCLA student's false report of kidnapping is reevaluated by police for possible charges
While Merced police officials last week said Nancy Salas, 22, wouldn’t face criminal charges for filing a false report, Merced police Lt. Andrew Matthews said Wednesday that his department would forward a report to the Merced County district attorney’s office to determine whether any charges should be filed.
He said the change of heart was not sparked by public pressure, but rather a reevaluation of her false claims.
“We decided to take a second look at all the information we had and listen to the 911 tape,” he said. “Based on that information, we determined a report should be sent to the district attorney and let them determine if charges should be filed.”
Matthews said filing a false police report is a misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to a year in county jail.
A spokeswoman for the Merced County district attorney’s office said she could not comment on potential charges until they have received the Police Department’s report. Read the full story here.
-- Melanie Hicken
Photo: Nancy Salas. Credit: Glendale Police Department