A Medaryville woman was arrested Sunday after telling police of a battery incident that never occurred.
Heather Robbins reportedly told police that she was traveling on County Road 200 North just west of State Road 39 in Pulaski County when she saw red and blue lights behind her at approximately 4:00 a.m. ET. She said that she pulled over to the side of the road and an unknown person pulled her from the vehicle and beat her. She said she lost consciousness and woke up in her car. She returned home to North Judson to visit her family who urged her to go to the hospital.
Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer was contacted and an investigator was assigned to the case. Law enforcement agencies in the state were notified of a possible suspect vehicle and a vague description of the suspect. Several follow-up interviews were conducted and police found there were some discrepancies in her statement to police. Additional personnel were assigned to the case including a Pulaski County Deputy and a Crime Scene Investigator from the Indiana State Police.
After an investigation, the police determined that she fabricated her entire story. After reviewing surveillance photos and conducting interviews, police found that she was actually at the Sand Bar at Bass Lake all evening and until 4:46 a.m. CT, according to police documents. She reportedly admitted to police that she made up the story because she was supposed to be at work at 2:00 a.m. Robbins was arrested on a preliminary charge of False Informing, a Class A Misdemeanor. Authorities are seeking restitution for the amount of funds expended by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Indiana State Police and Jasper County Hospital. Investigators say restitution could be worth thousands of dollars.