Beech Grove police say burglary-rape report was false

INDIANAPOLIS -- Beech Grove police now say they believe a report of burglary and rape made to the department last week was false.

Officers were called to a residence in the 100 block of South 6th Avenue around 1:30 p.m. on May 16, where a 51-year-old woman told police an unknown man entered her residence and sexually assaulted her.

She described the suspect as a white male in his 40s, standing approximately 6’ tall and weighing around 200 pounds, with a stocky build and short brown hair. Police subsequently released that description to media and the public.

But now a week later, police say an “extensive investigation” has determined the report was made falsely.

“The Beech Grove police department would like to notify citizens that there is no public threat,” Det. Capt. Robert Mercuri said in a release Wednesday.

The department did not indicate whether it intended to pursue false reporting charges against the woman.

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