OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – A woman who claimed she was kidnapped and assaulted at Holland State Park has admitted she wasn’t at the park that day, police said.
The 23-year-old woman was assaulted but police believe the assault happened in the Kalamazoo area, Ottawa County sheriff’s Capt. Mark Bennett said in a statement.
The woman told police that she was approached between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, near the rest rooms at the state park’s main pavilion. She reported the incident later that evening.
She told police that a man, armed with a knife, forced her to walk to a vehicle parked a short distance away. She told police that the man drove her to an unknown location and released her.
She suffered minor injures and was treated at a local hospital and released, police said.
She provided a description of the alleged attacker.
After further interviews of the alleged victim, the woman told police that she was not at the state park, or Ottawa County, on the day she reported being kidnapped and assaulted, police said.
Police think that the assault may have happened in the Kalamazoo area. The woman had recently met the suspect on a social-media dating website, police said.
The incident remains under investigation.