|Delisha Lashae Thomas|
By Ciara O'Rourke
Georgetown police say an Austin woman who reported earlier this month that she was kidnapped lied about the attack, including making up that she was held captive, forced to perform manual labor and sexually assaulted.
Delisha Lashae Thomas, 27, has been charged with making a false report to a police officer, a class B misdemeanor that carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and as much as $2,000 in fines.
Thomas told police on the evening of Nov. 11 that she was driving her car in a North Austin neighborhood between 10 and 11 a.m. the day before when she ran over something and got out to check, Capt. Roland Waits has said.
Thomas said that a man then grabbed her at gunpoint and forced her into her car and told her to drive, Waits said. The next thing she recalled was waking up in a locked bathroom, he said, and the man let her out and made her perform a sexual act on him and do some chores before locking her up again.
Thomas told police that he let her out of the bathroom again the following morning and made her perform another sexual act on him before he got upset, forced her into the trunk of her car and poured bleach on her, Waits said. She said she didn’t know how long she was locked in the trunk once the car, which she said she was able to escape through a trunk release lever.
Thomas told police that her attacker was a black man with a small star tattoo under his right eye but couldn’t provide further information about what happened, Waits said.
However, Waits announced Wednesday morning that a detective was able to use cell phone records, receipts and video footage from an H-E-B, a McDonald’s and Austin Police Department cameras to re-create Thomas’ whereabouts for the two days she was allegedly held captive.
Presented with the officer’s findings, she confessed to making up the incident, Waits said, and admitted to pouring bleach on herself.
She didn’t explain why she made the report, he said. “We honestly don’t know her motivation.”
Thomas was in the process of being booked into the Williamson County Jail around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her bail is $8,000, according to police.
Linda Jackson, a spokeswoman for Huston-Tillotson University, said Thomas “appears” to be the same Delisha Thomas who was involved in a hoax at the university last year.
The university issued a press release that March announcing that Delisha L. Thomas, a student at the university, received one of the top four scores in the country on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and would be honored at the U.S. Department of Education Conference.
But a letter that Thomas told the university she had received from the federal agency was a fake, Jackson said Wednesday.
Thomas is no longer a student at the university, Jackson said. “I believe she finished all of her coursework here.”