A 20-year-old woman is facing charges after allegedly lying to police about being confronted by a purse snatcher in order to get a ride home from officers in Shelton.
According to police, Tiffany Lopez called 911 on Dec. 19 to say she had been walking in the parking lot of the post office at 83 Bridge Street in Shelton when a man approached her and tried to take her purse. Lopez told police she thought she saw the handle of a gun protruding from his pocket.
Police broadcast a description of the alleged perpetrator and his getaway vehicle to various surrounding departments and launched a search for the suspect.
But when detectives interviewed Lopez, she admitted that she had been lying about the incident and just wanted a ride home.
She was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident and misusing 911. She was also charged with failure to appear in connection with a separate incident.
Lopez is held on a total of $700 bond and is due in court Thursday.