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Woman accused of making up story, claiming abduction

August 28, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lehigh Acres woman is facing charges today of making a false police report after the Lee County Sheriff's Office said she made up a story about being abducted at gunpoint last week.

Ortiz Del Valle, 28, told deputies that she was on her way to the Bank of America branch in the Gateway area when she was stopped by a man and woman and abducted.

She told officers a gun was pulled on her and she was made to swallow pills and made to leave the area in her car. The incident occurred at around 1:20 a.m. after she left work, she told officers.

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Ashley Bernice Ortiz Del Valle

According to the police report, she said there two suspects were both wearing beanies to cover their faces. She said they got into her car and attempted to rob her.

According to the police report, she told investigators she barely escaped after using pepper spray on the men.

She had said the men attempted to steal her jewelry and the woman punched her in the face twice as she tried to get out of the vehicle.

But investigators said they were not buying her story because of several inconsistencies. They said she eventually admitted to fabricating the incident and staging the crime scene. According to the report, she even gave herself a self-inflicted bruise to the right eye to make it look real.

But when the woman who claimed she was attacked told her husband, he became upset and notified the LCSO.

According to investigators she became panicked and admitted to making up the story.

No reason was given for a motive.



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