Sheriff's Department Arrest Woman for Filing False Report

HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas - On Thursday July 20, 2017, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco to make contact with the alleged victim, 24 year old Sandra Elizeth Zavala, who reported a Kidnapping and Sexual Assault.

Sheriff’s Investigators met with Zavala. She provided a statement in which she said she was allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted by one of the suspects.

Through the course of the investigation, investigators determined there were inconsistencies with Zavala’s story. When sheriff’s investigators questioned her about the inconsistencies, Zavala admitted to filing a false report and lying to sheriff’s investigators. Zavala admitted she had been out with a friend all night, and was afraid that her parents would kick her out of the residence.

Sandra Elizeth Zavala was arrested and taken before a Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace. She was formally charged for the offense of False Report to a Peace Officer, a class B Misdemeanor. Zavala was given a $1,000 cash surety bond and sent to the Hidalgo County Jail.

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