A 31-year-old woman was arrested after she contacted police and fabricated a tale of a young man being abducted by someone in a pickup truck and then by a group of men on motorcycle, police said.
About 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a call of a fight involving someone armed with a knife at the intersection of Jackson and Water streets, Wilmington Police Chief Philip Arnold said in an email.
The officers arrived at the scene but found nothing, Arnold said.
The officers spoke with people on the street who confirmed there had been no fight, Arnold said, but did see a disgruntled woman call the police after she was asked to leave a bar.
While checking the area, officers found a woman, later identified as Kristen M. Carrier, who matched the description provided by witnesses, Arnold said, and they had a conversation with her.
During the conversation, Carrier changed her story several times, Arnold said.
“One of the stories was that she had witnessed the abduction of a young man there on the street, first by someone in a pickup truck, but then changed to a large group of men on motorcycles,” Arnold said.
Arnold said no one in the area, including Will County sheriff’s deputies who responded, saw any group of motorcycle riders.
After Carrier continued to change other details in her stories, Arnold said, it became obvious the “information was embellished.”
Carrier was charged with making a false report.