7/23/2013 1:57:00 PM Cottonwood woman sends officers on wild-goose chase
COTTONWOOD -- Late Saturday afternoon, 31-year-old Luann Smith of Clarkdale called 911 and claimed that a man in Cottonwood Wal-Mart was pointing a gun at her.
She said she could not talk to the dispatcher and the dispatched officers drove "code three," with lights and sirens activated in a rainstorm to the call. Officers armed themselves with AR-15 rifles in an effort to locate the gunman.
Luann was at customer service where she said a "burly man wearing 'camo' pants and a black shirt had pointed a weapon at her and she feared for her life.
Officers had met the woman earlier that day, when she said she is paranoid because "people were following her" and were "trying to kill her." She had also told them she was using meth recently.
Wal-Mart security reviewed the surveillance video and found the man was not even near the woman. Police confirmed he had no firearms, either.
Because the woman had created a high-risk situation by reporting an offense that did not exist, she was arrested and charged with false reporting of an emergency and false reporting to an officer and taken to the county jail in Camp Verde.
On the trip to the jail, the woman made noises in the back seat. When the policeman turned around, she had slipped her left handcuff off and had her hands in front of her. The officer stopped and put the cuffs back on. When he looked in the back seat again, the woman had three miniature glow sticks in her hands.
Once at the jail the cop advised the female staff of her having other items hidden on her and they conducted a thorough search.