Fairfield police: Woman lied about being robbed by officers

Wilhelmina Ray, 55, is charged with interfering with police, misuse of the 911 system, and filing a false report.

Marissa Alter

Apr 28, 2023, 11:53 PM

Updated 357 days ago

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A Bridgeport woman was arrested in Fairfield Thursday after police said she lied about being the victim of a crime and claimed the suspects were officers.
Wilhelmina Ray, 55, is charged with interfering with police, misuse of the 911 system, and filing a false report.
Police said officers responded to the intersection of Johnson Drive and Chambers Street around 12:30 a.m. after a 911 call about a woman who’d been robbed by men who said they were police.
“Her story was that she was pulled over by two males who activated emergency red and blue lights and identified themselves as police officers. They had a badge around their neck, according to her, and ordered her out of the vehicle, handcuffed her, and they searched her car,” said Lt. Michael Paris.
Ray allegedly told police the men ultimately uncuffed her and said she was free to go, but she soon realized they'd stolen $15,000 in cash, her iPhone and the key to her car.
“We summoned an ambulance, fire department. Our officers began scouring the area for the suspect vehicle. Of course, we take this very seriously in a case like this where somebody may be impersonating a police officer or whether it was a police officer that was doing something wrong,” Paris told News 12. “We wanted to ensure that we had all bases covered, all hands-on deck at that point.”
But security cameras in the area revealed Ray had made the whole story up. Police said the footage showed Ray by herself, abandoning her car in the road, then hiding the key in the bushes nearby. Investigators recovered the footage and called Ray in for an interview that night.
“At our headquarters, she admitted to fabricating this entire story,” Paris said.
He told News 12 Ray didn’t offer an explanation why.
“What's sad is she used the police and a story about police pulling her over to facilitate this type of crime she wanted to commit, whatever the case may be. That kind of hurts us to the bone,” Paris told News 12.
Ray posted $5,000 bond and is due in court May 10.


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