Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old student from College Station, was recently accused of reporting a false robbery to police, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).
Todd, a McCain Campaign Volunteer, previously stated that she was robbed while visiting an ATM by a tall black man. She told police that the man’s anger was triggered by the sight of a McCain sticker on her car, which led him to punch her in the back of her head, put a knife to her throat, and demand money. She went on to state that she handed the man $60, and he walked away. Todd told police that instead of going to the hospital, she went to a friend’s house and called police almost an hour after she arrived. When Todd was asked to come to the Police Station to help with a sketch of the man, they decided to interview her instead, which lead to her confession.
According to the Associated Press, Todd couldn’t provide an explanation for making up her story, and has been reported as having “mental problems” in the past. “We are as upset as anyone to learn of her deceit, Ashley must take full responsibility for her actions,” stated College Republican National Committee spokeswoman Ashley Barbera. Todd worked for the committee in New York, where she assisted with the recruitment of college students.