A 15-year-old Richmond girl who said she was abducted at gunpoint from a public street this weekend and raped by two men has acknowledged that she fabricated the story, police said Sunday.
The girl now says she was not taken at gunpoint and was with someone consensually, said police Lt. Mark Gagan. She told detectives she made up the story to explain why she was not at home Friday night.
No charges were pending against anyone Sunday.
"It does not appear that she was involved in illegal activity with an adult nor was she forced to involve herself in any type of sex act," Gagan said.
The report of a young girl being abducted from a busy Richmond intersection drew widespread concern because it followed an Oct. 24 gang rape of a 16-year-old girl on the Richmond High School campus that traumatized the city.
Many people were distraught to hear about a second rape this weekend.
The 15-year-old girl initially told officers that a Buick with four men inside pulled alongside her as she walked on Cutting Boulevard near Stege Avenue at 5 p.m. Friday and that one man got out and forced her into the car at gunpoint.
She said she was driven to an unknown residence and sexually assaulted by two men, then was dropped off at Contra Costa College, where a San Pablo police officer found her at a bus stop about midnight.
Detectives aggressively pursued leads and attempted to corroborate the girl's story, but city-owned cameras that monitor public intersections revealed no evidence that she was where she said she was, Gagan said. At 1 p.m. Sunday, the girl called officers to recant the story.
Within the next few days, officers will decide whether to charge her with fabricating a police report. Such charges involving sexual assault allegations are rare.
"I know it is frustrating to residents and taxpayers when they see money spent on the investigation of an incident that turns out not to be true," Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus said, "but this is obviously a troubled young woman with serious issues who needs help."
Magnus said it is unfortunate that such a false story can tarnish the city's image. But he stressed that his department will continue to aggressively pursue all rape allegations, particularly when it involves a minor.
"We never want to start with the assumption that a victim is being untruthful with us," Magnus said.
"The last thing I would want would be any victim or potential victim to come away from this situation with the idea that there is no point in reporting a crime because it will be discounted."