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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 5:09 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2007

False report charge possible in Kalihi Kai assault case

Advertiser Staff

Police have completed a criminal investigation into whether a woman broke the law by accusing a man of rape last month and then withdrawing her complaint.

The police case has been sent to the city prosecutor's office, which will decide if a criminal charge of filing a false report is warranted.

Filing a false police report is a misdemeanor.

In the April 11 incident, a 44-year-old woman told police she was kidnapped and raped after her car overheated and broke down in Kalihi Kai.

The next day, police called a news conference to ask for the public's help in finding the attacker. Officers distributed a sketch of the attacker and a description of the car he drove, based on information provided by the woman.

A CrimeStoppers tip led to the arrest of a 44-year-old man on April 19. He was released without charges at 12:50 a.m. April 20 after the woman withdrew her complaint.