McCain Volunteer Admits Hoax, Was Not Attacked at an ATM in Pittsburgh
Incident was a Hoax
The GOP volunteer admitted she made the story of her being held down and a B carved in her face was a hoax, after several inconsistencies in her story and a lie-detector test. She is now facing charges from police.
NowPublic member Dukelberg posted a comment showing the volunteer made the entire story up:
McCain volunteer admits hoax
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter "B" in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.
Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car.
Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test.
Authorities, however, declined to release the results of that test.
Investigators did say that they received photos from the ATM machine and "the photographs were verified as not being the victim making the transaction."
This afternoon, a Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story.
The commander added that Todd will face charges; but police have not commented on what those charges will be.
According to police, investigators working on the interview process detected several inconsistencies in Todd's story that differed from statements made in the original police report.
Pittsburgh Police Public Information Officer Diane Richard released a statement earlier today, saying: "Because of the inconsistencies in her statements, Ms. Todd was asked to submit to a polygraph examination which she agreed to do."
No photos of Todd are being released by Pittsburgh Police at this time.
The investigation is continuing as officials determine what charges will be filed.
There has been updates to this story including the police wanting to administer a polygraph. I hope that she is telling the truth because this kind of potential damage to the political process is uncalled for. I also want everyone to know, including my detractors that have personally insulted me, that I saw a breaking story and its importance to the political climate in the US and felt compelled to report it.
The Latest: It appears from Pittsburg news sources that a young woman was robbed at an ATM and as the robber noticed her McCain bumper sticker beat her and carved a B into her face with a knife.
Developing story - please stay tuned and refresh this page for more details
It’s just breaking on radios/TV in Pittsburgh
So far, its just verbal reports on the local stations - nothing in print on any of the sites yet, but early reports allege that Obama supports attacked and carved a large “B” in the face of a McCain volunteer.
So far, Drudge is the only site that has any text on it