Police: Woman faked rest area attack

Police: Woman faked rest area attack
The Oregon State Police investigate a report that a man attacked a woman at the Baldock rest area along Interstate 5, just south of Wilsonville, Ore. Photo courtesy of the Oregon State Police.

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - A woman who claimed a man attacked her at an Oregon rest area likely inflicted the injuries on herself and now faces a charges of initiating a false police report.

Heather Trevino, 33, of Salem was cited to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on September 25, 2013, at 3 p.m. on the charge, a Class A misdemeanor.

The investigation started August 16 with a report that a man had attacked woman and her child at the I-5 Baldock Rest Area south of Wilsonville.

Officers from Oregon State Police, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Wilsonville Police Department and Canby Police Department responded to the rest area and conducted an extensive ground search with air support for a possible suspect.

Investigators confirmed August 27 that the incident was a false report, state police said.

Trevino was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the alleged attack, police said. Investigators now believe her injuries - which included throat ligature marks, bruising and scrapes on her body - were self-inflicted.

The 2013 Oregon Legislature amended ORS 162.375 (Initiating a False Report) to be classified as a Class A misdemeanor, state police said. The Oregon legislature also changed the statute to "include in the sentence of any person convicted under this section a requirement that the person repay the costs incurred in responding to an investigating the false report." These changes were effective June 24, 2013.