UPDATE, Sept. 28:
Several resources were used, including Butler County sheriff’s deputies and the sheriff’s office helicopter, after a woman posted a video on social media claiming she was being held against her will.
Thelma Williams’ allegations turned out to be false, and she is now charged with making a false alarm, a fifth-degree felony.
Williams, 38, of Lemon Twp., initially said a masked intruder entered her home at approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday, bound her and cut her clothes off, said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Williams went on say the suspect used her phone to videotape the event and later posted the videos to her Facebook account, according to deputies.
Prior to leaving her home, Williams said the suspect called a contact on her phone and left the phone by her side.
Williams went so far as to tie herself up and put underwear in her mouth as a gag, Jones said.
After hours of investigation, including putting the sheriff’s department’s helicopter in the air to find the suspect, Jones said detectives “found the story to be a total fabrication.”
“She said she did it for the attention,” Jones said, adding that Williams admitted she had recently broken up with her boyfriend.
Detectives said Williams indicated she wanted attention from her family, and when law enforcement arrived she continued with the ruse.
Jones said the case is one of the most bizarre the department has had in a long time.
“We are asking for her to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
Williams is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Middletown Municipal Court.
INITIAL REPORT, Sept. 27:
A Butler County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly making up a story she had been bound by a man and then posting a video on social media claiming she was being held against her will, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and detectives rushed to a residence in the 2300 block of South Verity Parkway on Wednesday afternoon after a Florida woman called 911 concerned about the female resident.
Thelma Williams, 38, of Lemon Twp., posted a video on social media of herself bound and gagged in the basement of her home, claiming a man was holding her against her will, said Butler County Sheriff’s Lt. Ed Tanner.
Deputies said they found Williams loosely bound with ripped clothes when they arrived.
After several hours of investigation, which included viewing security tape at a local McDonald’s showing Williams in the restaurant during the time she claimed to be tied up, detectives determined the story was false.
“She admitted she made it up,” Tanner said. “She said she had been going through some personal issues and needed help.”