Texas Woman Faces Felony Charges For 'Black Men' Kidnapping Hoax
Breana Rachelle Harmon faces multiple charges after lying about being kidnapped and raped by three black men.
In a report from the Herald Democrat, Harmon, also known as Breana Harmon Talbott, was indicted on two third-degree felony counts of tampering with physical evidence and a third-degree felony count of tampering with a government record, as well as a state-jail felony count of tampering with a government record. Originally, Harmon was charged with a misdemeanor but prosecutors are now giving her higher charges.
“Ms. Harmon was originally arrested for the misdemeanor offense of false report to a peace officer,” Grayson County, Texas, District Attorney Joe Brown, said in a press release Wednesday. “However, the more we have looked at what happened in this case and considered the harm it caused, and certainly could have caused, we believe what she did fits these higher charges. What she did was very serious, and we believe it was felony conduct.”
“Breana Harmon Talbott’s hoax was also insulting to our community and especially offensive to the African-American community due to her description of the so-called suspects in her hoax. The anger and hurts caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary,” the press release continued. “It’s unfortunate a person can falsely report such a major incident in our community that wastes the time of law enforcement and needlessly puts some people in fear. I apologize to those who have current investigations with the department as we delayed those to focus on this case.”
The incident occurred earlier this year when the then 18-year-old Harmon ran into a Denison, Texas, church and told the people that she had been kidnapped and raped by three masked black men. She was wearing only a bra, T-shirt, and underwear and was bloodied and looked battered. However, after being examined at a nearby hospital for examination, it was determined that she did not have any injuries consistent with a rape, with Harmon ultimately admitting that the injuries were self-inflicted.
The three third-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, while the state-jail felony is punishable by up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.