Girl made up story about attack at park, could face charges
Costa Mesa police said a girl made up a story about being attacked by two men at a local park.
On Sunday morning, the 17-year-old Costa Mesa girl told police that two Latino men with gang tattoos had attacked her overnight at TeWinkle Park, police said.
"It causes fear to the community thinking there's two perpetrators out there," said Lt. Bryan Glass. "There's resources that go toward investigating the incident and responding."
The girl told police and her mother that she took a bus from Santa Ana to a stop near Orange Coast College, and was going to walk to her 19th Street home from there. Along the way, she decided to hang out at TeWinkle Park by herself. She told police she made up the story to avoid getting in trouble with her mother, authorities said.
Detectives are petitioning the juvenile court system to file charges against the teen for filing a false police report.
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