A California woman took avoidance behavior too an extreme to avoid a blind date on June 4, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Sara White, 20, had been chatting with a man for two weeks, when she finally agreed to meet him for a date. The Sacramento Bee reported that Sara, who is engaged to be married in April, changed her mind about the date and did the “only think [she] could think of.” She told her would be date she had been kidnapped.
Her concerned date called the police once he received the alarming call from White. According to The Sacramento Bee, The police promptly responded, dispatching 60 officers to search for her. The Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Elk Grove Police Department, and California Highway Patrol all assisted in the search for Sara White.
Sarah led the police on a wild goose chase, according to The Sacramento Bee.
A local dispatcher stated that they called her cell phone at 8:30 a.m. She told the police she had been kidnapped from the park. The local dispatcher told The Sacramento Bee, White whispered into her cell phone, telling the dispatcher that she had been at Sacramento Park when she had been hit her on the head and stuffed into the trunk of a car. She was very specific in describing the car and her abductors.
Sacramento Police Sgt. Matt Young told reporters that they spoke calmly with the girl, and tried to reassure her that they were going to find her and rescue her. Meanwhile, the report went out to all officers in the area that a kidnapping was in progress.
Dispatchers said they kept her on the line while law enforcement went on an all out hunt. At one point White told them they were at McDonald’s. The cruisers went surrounded the McDonald’s. According to Sgt. Young’s comments to The Sacramento Bee, White and her abductors were not there. He also stated that White eventually led them to a house with green trim. It turned out to be her house. The police surrounded the house, and found it empty, according to Sgt. Young.
After two hours, during which police searched, and homicide units were put on stand-by White was found in the living room of her own home, alone. According to The Sacramento Bee, White was sitting in the very house they had surrounded earlier.
Sara White admitted concocting the story to get out of the date. The Sacramento Bee reports that the Sacramento Police advised the public that White did not have mental problems. She knew and understood how extensive the search had become. Sgt. Young expressed disgust with the prank, citing the thousands and thousands of dollars the incident cost the county.
The Sacramento Bee indicated, Ms. White was charged with abusing emergency dispatch services, and spent two nights in jail for the misdemeanor.
Coronado, Ramon. “Another hoax: Turlock woman fakes kidnapping to get out of date, police say,” The Sacramento Bee . June7, 2007.