Woman held after false kidnapping report
MONT VERNON – Officers wasted no time in launching what police called "a detailed and comprehensive investigation" on Dec. 15 after a Lyndeborough woman called to report she was in the area of Joe English Road and Tater Street when a man jumped out of the woods, forced his way into her vehicle, then held her at knifepoint for about three hours.
But by Dec. 16, the case of the caller, Lauryn Mont, 23, took an abrupt turn when investigators started noticing "numerous inconsistencies" in what she said in her report.
Police said after locating video evidence that confirmed Mont wasn’t even in Mont Vernon at the time she said she was accosted, they began "actively attempting to locate" her.
"Our standard is to always investigate cases thoroughly and believe the victim’s statements," Mont Vernon Police Chief Kevin Furlong said.
Mont was found at about 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 in Milford after police in that town pulled over a Honda CRV that was reported stolen from the area of the Union Coffee House on South Street.
Officers arrested the driver, who turned out to be Mont, and took her into custody. Once at the police station, Mont was interviewed by a Milford and a Mont Vernon officer, at which time police said she "admitted she made up the whole story." She "was never kidnapped or held at knifepoint in Mont Vernon."
Mont was charged by Mont Vernon police with one count of false report to law enforcement. Milford police charged her with two counts of theft and one count of possession of a controlled drug.
In addition to charging her with stealing the vehicle, Milford police accused her of stealing the keys and a purse from Union Coffee.
Mont was later tranported to Valley Street jail in Manchester, where she was held on $5,000 cash bail pending a court appearance scheduled for Dec. 29 in Milford district court.