Police: Woman made up kidnapping and robbery story because she couldn’t pay employees

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A woman who told police she was kidnapped and robbed over the weekend made up the entire story, according to police. Now, officers are working on a warrant for her arrest.

Maria Gonzalez, 33, told police she stopped at a Fresno, California intersection. That’s when she said two masked men got into her car and put a gun to her head, KFSN reported.

She said she lost consciousness and woke up with her hands tied and had a rag in her mouth.

She told police she was missing $9,000 she was going to use to pay employees of her family trucking business.

Police chief Jerry Dyer said six detectives worked the case non-stop because of the violent nature of the crime and the desire to get the suspects off the streets.

As it turned out, the more officers learned, the more questions they had.

“Number one the purse was left in the vehicle, but the money was taken. There were other items in her purse that could’ve been stolen if this was truly going to be a robbery,” said Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer.

Video taken from along the route the kidnappers allegedly took showed no suspects.

“There was also the fact that there was only one set of footprints located out there near the vehicle,” said Dyer.

Dyer said Gonzalez made up the story because she didn’t have the money to pay her two employees.

Police say the hoax prompted panic and fear in the community and waster police resources.

“It’s a story that is ultimately going to get her arrested,” said Dyer.

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