Woman who made false report in van case charged

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Lewis charged with falsely reporting an incident

By Spencer Jenkins

Bardstown Police have officially charged a woman for falsely reporting an attempted abduction after serving an arrest warrant.

On Thursday night, an arrest warrant was served on Lechia Lewis, 50, of Bardstown, according to a Bardstown Police Department press release.

The charges stem from Lewis reporting to Bardstown Police on Jan. 13 that a white male in a white van had tried to abduct her while she was in the Cracker Barrel parking lot the previous day.

Lewis’ charge is the latest development in a series of reported abduction attempts in Bardstown and Louisville, which have centered around a search for a white van and a scruffy man.

Bardstown Police pursued an investigation, acting on and following up on numerous leads and tips, according to the release. As officers continued the investigation, small details were not adding up.

Once Bardstown Police received a full copy of the restaurant’s surveillance video, it was obvious the incident as reported did not match the video, according to the release.

The police department has since cleared the case.

Lewis was served at the Nelson County Jail, where she was being held on unrelated charges, including a warrant from South Carolina, according to the release.

Police said in the release they want the community to know they investigate and pursue all avenues of investigations and prosecute those cases to their fullest. The release also stated police won’t tolerate false allegations and claims, as these waste valuable hours and resources.