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CPD charges kidnapping 'victim'

Posted: October 18, 2011 4:02 p.m.
Updated: October 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A woman who said she was kidnapped Saturday morning has now been charged with filing a false police report of a felony.

Camden Police Chief Joe Floyd said investigators charged Toainese Denise Alexander, 39, of Wateree Boulevard, Camden, after she recanted her story late Tuesday afternoon.

“She told us she was never taken by force,” Floyd said. “She was with an individual and we are still trying to work that out. We are trying to identify him so we can have a conversation with him.”

Floyd said Alexander told investigators Tuesday that she and the man she claimed kidnapped her -- and described for a S.C. Law Enforcement Division (SLED) sketch artist -- met in Camden with the intent of traveling together to Washington State.

Sunday, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said his agency was the first to be contacted. Matthews said the victim made a call to a family member but that as soon as she spoke with them, the phone went dead. He said the woman’s relative called Kershaw County Central (911) Communications. Matthews said SLED was notified and a statewide search soon widened to North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.

The sheriff said a North Carolina state trooper spotted the vehicle and the suspect at an I-40 rest stop, but the suspect fled the scene.

At the time, Matthews said there were problems with the woman’s story.

If convicted, filing a false report of a felony could land Alexander in jail for up to five years.

“We are also seeking reimbursement for expenses associated with our investigation and we plan to make North Carolina authorities aware of our actions here,” Floyd said.

North Carolina law enforcement agencies spent much of Saturday looking for Alexander’s companion.

Floyd confirmed that Camden Police Department officers traveled to Henderson County, N.C., to return Alexander to Camden.

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