Penn State police say student made up kidnap story

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 1, 2014 5:19 AM
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(State College) --  A Penn State student who told police she was kidnapped from a campus sidewalk is facing charges of making a false report.

Police say 20-year-old Samantha Sernekos, of Landing, New Jersey, admitted to authorities that the Jan. 25 incident didn't happen.

Police Chief Tyrone Parham said authorities examined surveillance video and other evidence during a two-month investigation and concluded no crime occurred.

Campus police ramped up their night patrols after the student reported that she had been pulled into a vehicle, driven off campus and escaped as her abductors were trying to assault her.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in Centre County Court on April 30th.

Court records do not list an attorney for Sernekos.

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