Police: Shelton woman falsely reports being street robbery victim

Tiffany Lopez
Tiffany Lopez

A Shelton woman has been arrested for allegedly making up a story about being the victim of a street robbery attempt as a way to try to get a ride home.

Tiffany Lopez, 20, of Providence Avenue in Shelton was charged Jan. 8 with second-degree falsely reporting an incident and misuse of the emergency 9-1-1 system.

Lopez was arrested on a warrant. She was held on a $500 bond, with a Jan. 9 court date in state Superior court in Derby.

Claimed man tried to grab purse

Shelton police said the arrest stems from an incident that occurred Dec. 19, 2013, at about 3:15 p.m.

At that time, Lopez allegedly called and reported to police that she was walking through the parking lot of the downtown post office, at 83 Bridge St., when a black male approached her and attempted to grab her purse.

Lopez told officers she observed what appeared to be the handle of a black pistol in the male's jacket pocket, according to police.

Extensive search was launched

Based on Lopez's account, police sent out a description of the black male, a Hispanic male driver, and a getaway vehicle to police departments in the area. Shelton police and detectives also began an extensive search for the suspects and the vehicle.

Later, Lopez was interviewed by Shelton detectives and admitted she reported a false robbery because she wanted a ride home, police said.

At the time of her arrest on the warrant, Lopez also was arrested and charged with second-degree failure to appear based on a separate incident and held on a $200 bond for that case.