One week after Gainesville police officers responded to a reported attempted kidnapping and aggravated assault of a University of Florida student, detectives said they were told by the alleged victim that she fabricated the entire story.
Prior to the admission, detectives said they spent numerous hours and employed many resources toward solving the case.
The initial report was made on April 23 by 22-year-old Tanya Borachi, who originally reported she was attacked at gunpoint by a man who then tied her hands and mouth with a torn T-shirt, police said.
On Wednesday, detectives conducted a follow-up interview with Borachi, who ultimately recanted her story of the incident and told investigators that it did not occur at all, police said. They said Borachi told investigators that she fabricated the story as a lesson to women in the area that an attack could happen to them.
Borachi never reported being sexually assaulted during the attack, but considering other significant and publicized cases in southwest Gainesville recently, this case was being examined as to its possible relationship to those cases, police said.
Though detectives became skeptical of Borachi's report after they realized she had not been truthful with them about several aspects of the case, they continued to work it as if it were true, police said.
Detectives said they'll be filing a sworn complaint against Borachi, recommending charges of filing a false police report to the state attorney's office. The charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year of jail time.
Police said they may also be recommending that Borachi repay the cost of the police resources used during the investigation.