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Police: 'victim' fabricated tale of robbery and attempted kidnapping

Original post made on May 22, 2013

An attempted kidnapping and purse snatching reported to police last week turned out to be a false alarm -- and a false report, according to a news release by the Pleasanton police department. Jennifer Flores, 23, claimed she and her infant son were the target of an attack on May 16. Flores was arrested at about 3 p.m. today for filing a false police report.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 6:41 AM

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on May 22, 2013 at 6:56 am

Just as I suspected. This robbery/kidnapping story smelled funny all along.


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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 7:08 am

Let us consider this: "The Pleasanton police department spent about $2,980.00 in staff time and resources investigating Flores' claim. The Alameda County District Attorney will ask that Flores be ordered to reimburse the department for its expenses."

Such costs, combined with inflated salaries, disability insurance, pensions, and medical benefits clearly underscore that a Big Tsunami is going to hit us. Our revenues cannot catch up to all these costs, unless, that is, the economy changes. But it rarely does. So it's best to make Big claims about the city's future state without taking changes into account. This, in my humble estimation, would then be a preferred first step, akin to handing out life preservers in the face of an onrush of water that will respect no limits. There is no sense in talking about anything else until we rightly conclude that the biggest tsunami in the entire world is going to hit unless we do something about overpaid public workers.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 22, 2013 at 7:38 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

It will be interesting to see what the motive for this might have been. Six months in jail would be an unfortunate outcome for anyone with an infant son.


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Posted by jaycee
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 8:30 am

This is someone crying out for help - doesn't know how or where to get it. Those close to her need to step up and help her get what she needs. Could be post partum depression or any number of things. Please get an evaluation, even if it's from jail!


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Posted by Sue
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 22, 2013 at 8:41 am

I smelled a rat from the start. I knew IF this had been true, and the location of where this supposedly occurred someone would have to have seen something and would have helped in some way. Nobody is going to let a baby be turned over in a stroller and not come to their aid.

Sad that someone would make up such a story and attempt to blame innocent people.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 22, 2013 at 9:28 am

A baby does need a mother. Hopefully, the mother will receive a thorough evaluation. Maybe she is unable to care for her baby?


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Posted by Fair is Fair
a resident of Mission Park
on May 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

I agree with Sue. Because of the severity of the "crime" the police would have justifiably been anxious to catch the perpetrators and anything could've happened... they see two African American men walking together, try to make stop, someone moves the wrong way, someone gets hurt... hypothetical but possible... all because of this false report. Throw the book at her.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Las Positas Garden Homes
on May 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

I hope all the ignorant and racist posters from the original story who called out people of color as thugs, etc eat their words. What's done in the dark will come to light.


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Posted by nonresident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

To my sanctimonius friend, Resident, get over your smugness. If you were walking down Santa Rita rd. at nighttime and two large black men approached you, tell me you wouldn't change your direction or quake in fear.
'What's done in the dark will come to light'. I hear detectives in Oakland say that all the time.............


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Castlewood
on May 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Unbelievable...both the story and the sad, racist right wing nuts who jump on every news item that happens whether in Pleasanton, the Tri Valley, California or the USA to jabber on, etc etc


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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm

We should not lose sight of the amount of tax payer money that was spent on this matter, made even higher because of unionized public workers making far higher salaries than are necessary, with ridiculously high medical benefits and out of sight pensions. That noise you hear is that of a tsunami, a Big tsunami, roaring down streets and avenues, unimpeded because we've sold the farm to finance the new political class, public workers. Look, too, at Calpers and Calstrs. I rest my case.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

some folks are waaaaaaaay nasty and talk about throwing a book but what does that mean?


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Posted by Pleasanton Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I commented when this was first reported that the story made no sense and the police would find out the truth. Now I'd like to put in my two cents that the child should be placed with responsible relatives of the mother (or CPS) until this woman is given a psychiatric evaluation and background check to ensure the child will be safe.

This unfortunate incident (false report) generated the most racist and ignorant comments that I think I've seen in a local story. There is either one ignorant person who has too much time on their hands and is doing multiple postings (PW would know), or P-Town needs some soul searching.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

What I'd like to know is how the police estimate personnel and resource costs and what their specific rates are. Three grand seems like an awful lot of money for a chat, some digital photos of the alleged crime scene and a few phone calls.

Mike


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Posted by WhatIf
a resident of Downtown
on May 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Besides repaying the City, I hope she has to repay the jail, too. And district attorney fees in processing her case.


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Posted by Willie Pfistergash
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

hey mike, best not to open your mouth when you have no idea what you're talking about. you realize that when this liar originally reported the "crime", that probably most, if not all of the on-duty personnel searched for the "suspects" for probably an hour? that right there is about 6-7 man hours. neighborhood canvas after the initial search. there's about 2-3 man hours. then you have the initial interview, which of course is delayed because she can't speak english, so that was probably 2-3 hours. then you have the initial officer's report writing time, which of course leads to supervisor review of the report. chalk up another 3-4 hours. now the follow up begins. another interview of the "victim" with the subsequent supplemental report. 2-3 hours. detective follow up with phone calls and or visits to neighboring businesses (which is probably how they found the footage at domino's). 3-4 hours. now that the "victim's" story is starting to fall apart, another interview is needed. 2-3 hours. each of these events triggers another supplemental report. the previous was a conservative estimate of the time they probably spent. now you consider that they probably estimate the hourly wage of a police officer at around $100 with benefits.

need me to also do the math for you mike?


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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 7:57 pm

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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 9:09 pm

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Posted by Law abiding citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Ms Florez should have to 'pay' for her 'crime', it would help her remember fraud is a crime. Honesty if the best policy.


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Posted by Willie Pfistergash
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm

Pete, had mike asked a genuine question, i would have answered in kind. as it was, his "question" was filled with innuendo and was very dismissive of the police department's efforts.


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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Willie,

Thanks bunches for your post. You helped clarify the situation.

One hundred dollars an hour plus benefits paid to people for chatting, taking a few pictures of an alleged crime scene and making a few phone calls seems like pretty poor resource utilization.

I'm wondering if we couldn't do better by having people significantly lower on the pay scale doing this type of work while reserving the higher salary personnel for tasks that require more than minimum-wage skills.

Again, thanks!

Mike


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on May 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm

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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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Posted by Willie Pfistergash
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 24, 2013 at 1:35 am

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