Fairbanks woman arrested for filing false kidnapping report

Posted: Monday, March 20, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Police arrested a 19-year-old Fairbanks woman Saturday for filing a phony report claiming two unknown assailants kidnapped, attempted to rape and threatened to kill her Friday night after she got off work.

A detective investigating Amanda Jennings' claim says her story began to unravel halfway through his investigation.

''When I went to her work (Sam's Club) to see if they had any outside cameras, they informed me she didn't even work last night,'' said Fairbanks Police Detective Randy Coffey.

Coffey confronted her about the discrepancy. He said she first tried to make up another story but later, after her boyfriend left, admitted lying, saying she didn't want her boyfriend to know where she was Friday night.

Coffey initially believed the kidnapping story but was perplexed that two alleged rapists had her for three hours and she escaped virtually unscathed, he said.

Jennings was arrested on a charge of making a false report. Coffey said the penalty could be up to a year in prison.

Jennings told police the two so-called assailants, who she described as both white, in their 20s and with military-style haircuts, grabbed her at knife-point as she was getting into her car after finishing her shift.

She reported the assailants took her Plymouth Acclaim to the Goldstream Road area and attempted to rape her, ripping her clothes in the process, Coffey said.

Police had put out a statewide search for Jennings' 1990 Plymouth Acclaim, which she later admitted was parked under a tree at Alaskaland. She had claimed the assailants took off in it after they dropped her off.

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