Homeless woman found bound, gagged in California faked kidnapping, cops say

Police say a woman described a nightmare when officers arrived at the vacant Santa Ana house on Tuesday: She'd been kidnapped, bound to a bed, gagged and locked up in the house.

But, now, cops say the story is bogus.

A property manager called police in Santa Ana about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday after he went to check on the city-owned house and noticed the garage door was open and a padlock on the back door, FOXLA reported. He told officers he heard moaning inside the property, prompting officers to cut the lock off.

Police said a woman lied when she claimed she was kidnapped and taken to the vacant house in Santa Ana, Calif.

Police said a woman lied when she claimed she was kidnapped and taken to the vacant house in Santa Ana, Calif. (FOXLA)

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Police freed the woman, who was not identified, and began investigating the alleged kidnapping as she received medical attention.

By Tuesday night, however, investigators discovered the woman wasn’t a kidnapping victim, but a homeless person who was squatting at the property, KTLA reported. She was attacked earlier in the day by a man who came to the house, though it’s unclear why she was gagged and bound, police said.

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The woman was not injured in the incident, but she could face charges.