Police: Woman lied about assault

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 22, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police have charged a local woman, allegeding that she lied to police about an assault.

Melody Williams, 32, 1131 Third Ave. Apt. 1, was charged Feb. 22 with filing a false police report to law enforcement, false imprisonment, and malicious prosecution.

According to reports, Williams told police an unknown Latino male entered her apartment and attacked her while she was sleeping, and she later identified the man. The report said she told officials she had never met the man, did not know his name and wished to press charges.

The investigation later revealed Williams had called the suspect, invited him over, and was waiting for him outside when he arrived, which was confirmed by an independent witness.

Once the man arrived, Williams, her friend, and the visitor were allegedly involved in an altercation in her bedroom. When he tried to escape through a window, police said, Williams and her friend allegedly grabbed his clothing to keep him inside. The report said Williams admitted she had lied to police to prevent them from finding out she was a prostitute in the past.

— by Hayley Bruce

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