Woman Arrested After Filing False Rape Report – Guess How She Got Her Black Eye?

Posted on October 25, 2012

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South Carolina (The Gaslamp Post) – Police say they wasted roughly 90 man-hours in the search for two rape suspects who didn’t exist.  The woman who made the claim that she had been attacked, has been discovered to have made the whole thing up.

Officers arrested 26-year-old Heather Felicia Atkins of Colombia, after a Facebook post led them to question her report of being raped by two men, in the Five Point area.  She was charged with filing a false police report and perjury for making a false oath to officers.

Atkins went to police last Sunday, claiming that two men had grabbed her, punched her in the face, dragged her behind a restaurant, and robbed her.  She stated in the police report that she was held down by one of the men while the other raped her at gunpoint.

Atkins black eye made her story all the more convincing.

Sugar and spice, and everything nice: Heather Felicia Atkins, 26, of Colombia, South Carolina. Facing charges of filing a bogus rape report and sending everyone on a wild goose chase.

Residents in the area were on high alert, reportedly on the look out for the two suspects which never surfaced.  Hours of reviewing surveillance footage from various area businesses also turned up nothing.

Eventually it came out that Atkins was never raped at all, the attack never occurred, and the suspects were completely fabricated.  The story came out after police called her back in to talk, and she flubbed a few of the details.

As it turns out, the black eye came from another woman; the girlfriend of a man she was reportedly caught with.  According to Colombia Police Chief Randy Scott, Atkins left work early that day with a male co-worker.

They went back to his place, only to be discovered by his significant other.  The man’s girlfriend, understandably displeased with the discovery of another woman with her man, left her calling card on Atkins’ face.

“She lied to the City of Columbia Police, she lied to her family, she lied to the public and she broke the trust of the people around her,” said Chief Scott.

“If you can imagine the damage of how this affects the true victims of sexual assault,” Scott said. “It’s too often that people are victimized. This is an underreported crime, but I can tell you the City of Columbia and law enforcement as a whole takes sexual assault very seriously. and this hurts the whole community that this allegation was made.”

Atkins is currently being held on $20,000 bond.  If convicted of both charges, which are felonies, she could face up to five years in prison on each.

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