Willowbrook teen fabricated attempted kidnapping, investigators say

Los Angeles Sheriff's detectives investigated a report of an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in Willowbrook and say the girl made the entire incident up.

The Sheriff's Department says the teenage girl claimed she was walking north on Willowbrook Avenue, near 120th Street, shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 5 when a man, described as a black male adult, 25-35 years old, 5-feet 9-inches to 6-feet tall, 130-140 lbs, and sporting a full beard, attempted to pull her into an apartment complex nearby.

The victim told police she was able to escape and call for help.

Authorities immediately launched an investigation and released an image of a potential suspect.

Detectives eventually located their suspect and detained him, but the Sheriff's Department says during their investigation, detectives found several discrepancies with the alleged victim's account of the event.

The 14-year-old later admitted that she had fabricated the whole thing and the man never tried to kidnap her, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The alleged suspect was released from police custody and no criminal charges were sought against him. LASD says the man was cooperative throughout the investigation.

It's unknown if the teenage girl will face any charges.