Police: Woman Stabbed Herself, Blamed Her Ex

Her 911 call about sexual assault by several assailants caused a massive search effort through woods in Hastings before detectives and doctors became suspicious.

by Kieran O'Leary, Westchester County Police Department

A Brooklyn woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted and stabbed in a wooded area in Hastings-on-Hudson has been charged by Westchester County Police with Falsely Reporting an Incident 3rd degree, a misdemeanor.

The 49-year-old surrendered on Wednesday night at county police headquarters to detectives from the Warrant-Fugitive Unit. A warrant had been issued for her arrest and Detective Joseph Didona negotiated her surrender through her attorney.

On Jan. 16 about 8 p.m., she called 911 to report that she had been abducted on Long Island and forced to drive to a wooded area off Farragut Parkway in Hastings where she was sexually assaulted and stabbed. The area is near her ex-husband’s home and she claimed he was one of the assailants.

The 911 call promoted a large police response to the area by the Westchester County, Hastings-on-Hudson and Greenburgh police departments. In addition to multiple patrol officers and detectives, the county police helicopter and tracking canines were utilized in an effort to locate suspects and the vehicle she described.

Detectives were immediately skeptical of her story because of inconsistent information she provided. 

Doctors at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, where she was taken for treatment, also told detectives that they saw indications of a “hesitation” wound – an indication that her injury was self-inflicted.

In addition, detectives determined that her ex-husband had not been on Long Island and had been in the company of others in Westchester throughout the evening.

She was arraigned last night in Hastings-on-Hudson village court and released. She is due back in court on April 30.


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