Authorities in Michigan arrested a 19-year-old woman accused of fabricating allegations that she was kidnapped from an area shopping mall.
According to the New York Post, Alexis Marie Bradish told a friend about the alleged crime. When that individual contacted authorities, she reportedly repeated the claims in conversations with investigators.
“The allegation she made is the worst nightmare,” said Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat.
Upon attempting to corroborate her story, however, he said officers found no evidence to support her “horrific allegation.”
As MLive reported, Bradish claimed a man grabbed her as she left Lakes Mall in Fruitport Township on Dec. 3. She said he put her in his truck and drove to a local E&A supermarket, where she was able to escape.
A search of video footage from security cameras at all of the E&A stores in the vicinity showed no evidence of such a disturbance.
That lack of corroboration, combined with evidence obtained by local police through other means, led prosecutors to believe Bradish made the entire ordeal up, Maat said.
“After receiving the information about the alleged kidnapping, Fruitport police conducted a thorough investigation that included interviewing numerous witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage from area businesses,” he said.
That investigation ultimately led to one conclusion, he explained.
“As police officers continued to investigate this case, they became aware of evidence that she made this up,” Maat said.
At her arraignment last week, Bradish was charged with a felony count of issuing a false report. She could spend as much as four years behind bars if convicted.
[Featured image: Alexis Marie Bradish/Muskegon County Police Department]