BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Township police have charged a woman with filing a false robbery report, saying she made up her story of being robbed after withdrawing money from an ATM.
Kimberly Armstrong is charged with making false alarms, a first-degree misdemeanor, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.
She is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Mahoning County Area Court in Boardman.
Armstrong walked out of the Boardman police station Friday after talking with investigators.
“I apologized from the bottom of my heart,” she said.
Armstrong told police she had been robbed Wednesday in the 5000 block of Market Street. She gave officers a written statement.
Armstrong also spoke to WKBN, saying she has been battling Stage 4 cancer and that someone had pushed her to the ground and grabbed her purse and money. She said it was $400 that she was going to use to pay rent.
“I was so scared. I was really scared. I wasn’t sure if he had a weapon or anything like that,” she said at the time.
A news release from police said video from nearby businesses did not back up her story. The release said she had no interactions with anyone else and that “she took steps to make it appear that she had withdrawn money from an ATM and then was robbed while walking outside.”
“The video footage was pretty clear in showing that she didn’t take any money out of ATM, and then she had done some things, rolling on the ground a little bit, putting some dirt on her things,” said police Chief Todd Werth.
Boardman’s police chief says the entire day-turn responded to the scene because of the serious nature of the report of an attack.
“This, to me, is very serious, because you’re making accusations of somebody that was involved in a violent crime and then fled on foot. And our concern is that person is going two blocks and going to do it again,” Werth said.
Werth felt the police response was appropriate and was proud of the investigative work which followed to figure out it was false.
“Desperation, I have no excuse for what I did,” Armstrong said.
Police are also investigating how Armstrong has been trying to raise donations because of the robbery. Any victims are urged to contact detectives at 330-726-4144.
The video below is the report and interview we did with Armstrong on Thursday after she called to tell us she was a robbery victim.