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False Kidnapping Report Lands Fake Victim in Jail

Dec 27, 2013

A fake story about being robbed at gun point outside of a local bank landed a 62-year-old Okanogan woman in the Okanogan County Jail early Friday.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said his office received a report Thursday night of a kidnapping and robbery that occurred earlier in the day.  Rogers said Karen L. Beam-Davis reported that t around 12:30 PM Thursday she went to the North Cascades National Bank in Okanogan to cash a check for $330.00. She told authorities when she came out of the bank she got into her car and male subject with a .22 caliber handgun opened her door. He ordered her to give him the money and drive to Oroville.

Beam-Davis said she complied, drove the suspect around, and then dropped him off in Oroville. She said she then drove back to Okanogan, arriving around 9:30 PM and then she called the Sheriff’s Office to report the robbery. Beam-Davis told the Deputies that she could positively identify the suspect.

The Sheriff said after taking her statement, Deputies felt something just wasn’t adding up, so they went over to the casino south of Okanogan. After watching the surveillance videos, they saw Beam-Davis, wearing the same clothes, walk into the casino at around 10:55 AM and not leave the casino until around 9:15 PM. When Beam-Davis she called the Sheriff’s Office to report the robbery.

Rogers said, Beam-Davis was recontacted and interviewed again and she continued to say she was robbed, until she was shown the pictures of herself at the casino. He said, “At this point Beam-Davis admitted she was lying and stated she had lost all her money at the casino.”  When asked what she would have done if someone had been arrested, the Sheriff said she stated she would just not show up to court to testify.

Beam-Davis was arrested around 1:00 AM Friday and booked in to the Okanogan County Jail on charges of Making a False Report.


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