Woman admits to lying about attack in parking lot; innocent man freed from jail: DA

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 3:36AM
Woman admits to lying about attack, attempted rape in parking lot: DA
Woman admits to lying about attack in parking lot; innocent man freed from jail: DA

MIDDLETOWN TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A woman is facing charges after authorities say she lied about an attempted rape and attack in a Bucks County grocery store parking lot.

Anjela Borisova Urumova, 20, of Bristol Township, admitted to police that she lied about an April 16 attack in the parking lot of Redner's in Middletown Township last month.

All charges have been dropped against Daniel Pierson, who was originally arrested in the case. He spent a month behind bars before his release on Friday.

Anjela Borisova Urumova
Anjela Borisova Urumova

Urumova initially claimed she was attacked by a man from behind after she parked her truck. She also claimed that a man pulled down her pants and punched her in the face before she was able to get away.

But more than a month after the investigation, police say there were multiple inconsistencies with Urumova's account of the attack.

Officers say data pulled from Urumova's iPhone and surveillance video in the parking lot contradicted her story of events.

During a second meeting with police on May 17, authorities say Urumova admitted that she lied about the entire incident and that no assault occurred in the Redner's parking lot on April 16, according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

When asked why she chose Pierson, she says that she saw the truck and Pierson in the parking lot of her previous employer in the past and thought he was "creepy," the criminal complaint states.

Urumova reportedly told officers she used the description of her then-boyfriend's clothing to describe Pierson.

As for the injuries she claimed to have suffered, Urumova allegedly admitted that she suffered a laceration on her lip during an altercation with a family member.

"Her grandmother, who Urumova claimed suffered from dementia, did not recognize her as she entered the house and threw a plastic object at her, striking her in the lip. This incident allegedly caused the laceration to her lip that she later blamed on Pierson," the criminal complaint stated.

When authorities asked her if she thought about telling the truth, she allegedly told police that she was planning to come forward to reveal the false report "some point before court."

Authorities say that Urumova provided an excuse to law enforcement as to why she falsely reported the attack and it had nothing to do with any prior interaction with Pierson.

Police used a license plate reader to find Pierson after Urumova gave a description of the truck. He spent 31 days behind bars before he was freed.

Urumova was charged with one count each of false alarm to an agency of public safety and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, two counts of false reports and three counts of unsworn falsification to authorities.