CCSO says woman lied about attack at East Naples Walmart
The mom who cried wolf? A Bonita Springs woman is in big trouble after the Collier County Sheriff's Office said she gave false information about an alleged attack at a Naples Walmart. FOX 4 told you the story last week about a young mom who said five men tried to rob her in the East Naples Walmart parking lot. Turns out, detectives said it was all one big lie.
When we first talked to Jamie Himes she was terrified and shaken up after allegedly being attacked at the East Naples Walmart on Tamiami Trail.
"She described that she put her two children in her vehicle got in her car at which point in time her car was surrounded by 5 subjects, one of them knocked on her window made small talk and demanded money." Sgt. Brian Sawyer with the Collier Co. Sheriff's office said.
Deputies in Collier County were quick to arrest two people who fit the description. But it turns out, surveillance video which hasn't been released told a different story
" Based on looking at the video as well as interviewing two subjects that she said were suspects, we determined her pattern of what occurred was consistent with what actually occurred at the scene." Sgt. Sawyer said.
In a packed lot, with cameras around every corner, how did this mother of two think she could get away with it? We went to her home to find out. But, she didn't want to go on a camera.
According to a Sheriff's report, Himes stated she wanted people in her life to be proud of her because she stood up for herself. A sense of pride, that detectives say she'll now have to pay for.
"We did put our due diligence in to try and investigate and confirm her story and fortunately we were able to do that she shed light on what really happened and it kept two people that didn't commit a crime from going to jail and we put somebody that did commit a crime in jail". Sgt. Sawyer said.
Jamie Himes did talk to us on the phone after we left her house, she said she couldn't comment because her attorney has told her not to. She's been charged with lying to a law enforcement officer. It is a misdemeanor charge which could land her in jail for a year.