Colorado police have arrested a woman and accused her of faking her own kidnapping, going as far as to tie her own hands and place herself in a dumpster, as reported by The Sacramento Bee.
Cops pulled Linnea Hayda, 31, out of a freezing dumpster early on the morning of March 27. Her hands were zip-tied together and she was unable to speak, with authorities rushing her to a nearby hospital to be treated for injuries. It seemed like an obvious case of kidnapping — that is until investigators did some digging.
She claimed she was kidnapped at around 5:30 p.m. on March 26, telling authorities that the assailant told her that she would never see her children again. Incidentally, Hayda was due in court three days later for a child custody hearing. Cops were unable to find any such kidnapper and, before too long, they began to suspect that the woman made the whole thing up as an attempt to sway the child custody hearing in her favor.
This led to police arresting the suspect on April 12, calling her entire ordeal “fictitious” and charging her with false reporting to police, tampering with evidence and attempting to influence a public servant.
“People have been on edge, thinking that someone is harming people and dropping them in trash dumpsters,” Heidi McCollum, assistant district attorney, told Vail Daily. “Hopefully, they can now rest easier.”
She added that “the charges in this case are serious. Every time we investigate allegations, every time we take a case of this magnitude, it takes away resources from other cases and away from actual victims. That’s not fair to those victims, it’s not fair to our community.”
Hayda is free on bond. If convicted, she could go to jail for six years.
[Featured Image: Vail Police Department]