UDPATE: Police: Campaign Worker Admits Making Up Story
Citing "inconsistencies" in her story, Pittsburgh police are still questioning Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old woman who claimed she was robbed and then attacked for being a McCain supporter.
Here's more from WTAE TV:
[According to police spokeswoman Diane Richard:] "She further stated that the male actor approached her from the back again and hit her in the back of her head with an object, she doesn't know what the object was, causing her to fall to the ground where he continued to punch her and kick her and threaten to 'teach her a lesson' for being a McCain supporter."
Richard said the woman refused medical treatment after the assault, which happened outside the view of the bank's surveillance cameras.
Speaking to Channel 4 Action News on Friday, Richard said they're still questioning Todd because of some new developments.
"We have learned that the victim's statement has a few inconsistencies in it and her statement has changed," said Richard.
Richard said Todd now says she isn't sure if it was a bumper sticker on her car or a campaign button on her jacket that angered the attacker. Richard said Todd added new details to the attack, saying at one point she lost consciousness.
"She also indicated she was sexually assaulted as well. She indicated that when he had her on the ground he put his hand up her blouse and started fondling her. But other than that, she says she doesn't remember anything else. So we're adding a sexual assault to this as well," Richard said.
Even conservative Michelle Malkin is skeptical:
We have enough low-lifes and thugs in the world running loose and causing campaign chaos and fomenting hatred without having to make them up. I've been blowing the whistle on the real, left-wing rage not on the front page and in-your-face tactics throughout the election season.
Hate crimes hoaxes — by anyone, of any political persuasion, and of any color — diminish us all.
Todd described the robber "as a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build, short black hair and brown eyes."
Could she be the Susan Smith of Election 2008?