Police were on the hunt last week for two armed robbers who kidnapped a carrier owner and then stole $9,000 from her. Police never found the robbers because they never actually existed.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, a 911 call came in reporting that a woman was partially bound and gagged outside a residence in Caruthers, CA. She was transported to a local hospital where she told authorities that she’d been kidnapped and robbed.
The woman, 32-year-old Maria Gonzalez, claimed that she had been driving in Fresno when she stopped in the middle of the street for two dogs on the road. She claimed two men approached her, one armed with a gun, and got into her back seat. Eventually one of them switched seats with her. She then says she was knocked out and woke up with her hands bound behind her back and a gag in her mouth. They eventually dumped her in Caruthers.
While at the hospital, Gonzalez tearfully recounted what happened to her and told investigators that she had been carrying $9,000 in cash that her company owed to its drivers. But when they compared her story to video evidence, detectives quickly realized that she wasn’t telling the truth.
“The truth is Maria Gonzalez made up this entire story for the purpose of letting someone know that $9,000 had been stolen from her — $9,000 she was supposed to pay to subcontractors,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. “The reality is she didn’t have the $9,000 to pay the subcontractors, and that’s why she made up the entire story.”
Gonzalez has been charged with filing a false police report.