Bulletin Staff Report

A bizarre alleged robbery reported in November turned out to be a fabrication, according to the Bend Police Department.

On Nov. 16, Bend Police became aware of a Facebook post from the daughter of Bend resident Debra Connors, 57, regarding a robbery alleged to have taken place two days before on NW Shevlin Park Road, according to a news release from the Deschutes County District Attorney’s office.

The Facebook post stated that Connors was driving alone in her car when she thought she struck a dog in the road. When Connors got out of her car, she realized the dog was actually a stuffed animal. The post said after she left the car, two men suddenly appeared, pointed a knife at her, slammed her against her car and stole $4,000 from her purse before fleeing in a black van, according to the release.

However, after police contacted Connors and interviewed her for four hours, it became clear to police that she fabricated the entire incident and her daughter had merely repeated what Connors had told her about it, according to the release.

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel considered charging Connors with the crime of initiating a false report, but decided on Monday not to charge her because she did not report the incident to law enforcement, according to the release. In a prepared statement, Hummel said Connors “should be ashamed” of her actions, adding that he hopes she apologizes to the community.

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