San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says a woman who claimed to have been attacked while jogging on the Leon Creek Greenway on the northwest side January 17th made the story up, 1200 WOAI news reports.
McManus says after police investigated, the woman admitted that she lied about a man with a spider web tattoo on his neck attacking her, and she said she was able to fight him off.
The case raised alarms about the safety of city parks, because it came shortly after a 24 year old woman was murdered in an apparently random attack at O.P. Schnabel Park.
"I want to let the city know that that attack never, ever happened," McManus said. "The victim made up the allegation."
McManus indicated the woman will not face criminal charges. He said the woman was apparently motivated by a 'dispute with a significant other.'
He said he came forward with the new information because he wanted to stress that the city parks are safe, and are not a refuge for people who are attacking women.
"We received a lot of calls from citizens who were concerned about this," he said. "We want to make sure everyone who uses the parks knows that this attack never happened."
A suspect was quickly arrested in connection with the murder, and is facing charges.
"Crime is actually down in city parks, way down," he said. "It is unfortunate that people who use the parks frequently have that concern."
McManus says ordinary precautions need to be taken whenever a person is in a public place. He reminded people that there are curfews in the parks to prevent people from being along in the parks late at night.