Fairfax Woman Retracts Abduction, Rape Report

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 29, 2008; 1:32 PM

A Fairfax County woman who reported last week she had been abducted from a Springfield area shopping center and raped has now recanted her story, and police have charged her with making a false report.

Cristina Arotoma-Quispe, 18, of the 6300 block of Frontier Drive, told police she was carrying her 3-month-old daughter in a portable car seat on Thursday night when she was approached by a man with a gun in the Commerce Plaza, near Backlick Road. She reported that the man ordered her to go behind a home in the 6200 block of Dana Avenue and raped her. The baby was not harmed.

Police investigated the case intensely, Officer Camille S. Neville said today, because of the possibility of a rapist in the community. "Public safety is paramount," Neville said. "We investigated it fully and determined [the report] to be false."

Neville said she did not know why the woman made the report. "Once we get to court, maybe we'll determine what her motives are," Neville said. Arotoma-Quispe was charged with a misdemeanor of making a false police report and arrested at her home yesterday evening.

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