COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A West Columbia woman faces charges after authorities say she made up a story about being assaulted in Columbia's Five Points, but the story leading up to the arrest of 26-year-old Heather Atkins is truly bizarre.
Atkins is accused of filing a false police report and false swearing under oath. The charges were filed after Atkins claimed to have been attacked and raped by two men in an area behind Harper's on Harden Street in Five Points.
Atkins, as you can plainly see in her mug shot, had a pretty obvious black eye when her photo was taken.
Police say she told them she suffered that injury when she was punched in the face by one of the two men, who then dragged her into a secluded area near the restaurant and then sexually assaulted and robbed her last Friday. But that is not what happened.
"After three days of investigating this case, investigators discovered that this whole story was a lie," said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott. "She lied to the city of Columbia Police Department, she lied to her family, she lied to the public, and she broke the trust of the people around her."
Scott says after several days of investigating, police discovered Atkins had gone to the home of a male co-worker and was in the shower with him when his girlfriend burst in and punched her.
Of course, police and merchants are highly sensitive to any allegations of crime in Five Points after several well-publicized incidents. This one though, is not in that category.
Police say Atkins has posted a $20,000 dollar personal recognizance bond and is now out of jail.