Sexual assault never took place at Lake Elkhorn, woman now says Baltimore County was site, she says


A 28-year-old Columbia woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted Monday morning while walking along Lake Elkhorn in the Village of Owen Brown has recanted her story, police said.

The woman now says that she was assaulted but that the incident took place in Baltimore County with a man she describes as "a former acquaintence," police said.

The case has been turned over to the Baltimore County Police Department.

Earlier, the woman had told police she was attacked from behind on the pathway at 11 a.m. Monday. She described the attacker as a white man believed to be 18 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with shoulder-length black hair and dark clothing.

The description of the suspect was fictitious, police said.

The woman told police Monday that her attacker threatened her with a sharp object and assaulted her.

She told police she received cuts on her arm and leg. She went to Howard County General Hospital, where she was treated for the injuries and released.

Following the woman's report, police sent three officers to the scene in search of clues and potential witnesses to what they believed was a daylight attack near a boat dock on the south side of the lake.

Finding none, they questioned the woman further. It was during that questioning that the woman recanted her earlier story, police said.

Lake Elkhorn lies in the eastern section of Columbia and is a recreation spot for many in Owen Brown.

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