The story of an assault and robbery near Shevlin Park went viral on social media, but after some investigation it was found that the entire story was fabricated.
In mid-November a Facebook post by the daughter of Bend resident Deborah Connors circulated on local Facebook pages and was eventually reported to the Bend Police Department. The post alleged that Connors had been driving along Shevlin Park Road when she thought she struck an animal with her car.
The post went on to say that when Connors stopped to check she found that it was a stuffed toy but was then attacked by two men who threatened her with a knife, robbed her of the $4,000 that was in her purse and drove away in a black van.
Bend PD began investigating the claim after receiving numerous calls from concerned citizens who had seen the post online.
However, weeks after the original post, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said there is no truth to the story.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has more on the story.