Woman Made Up ‘Knockout Game’ Story After Boyfriend Hit Her, St. Louis Police Say : News
I Can’t tell you how sad this is. One of the many, many sad tales that have resulted from domestic abuse.
ST. LOUIS • Police say a reported “knockout game” attack that recently attracted national attention to St. Louis is false.
Ashley DePew, 23, and her boyfriend Justin Simms, 25, were charged Friday with falsifying a police report. The pair had claimed DePew was the victim of a random attack outside a St. Louis bar last month, police said.
Police now believe she was actually injured by her boyfriend and the pair fabricated the “knockout game” story as a cover for her injury.
Dotson said the damage false reporting causes is widespread.
“We had to spend a significant amount of resources unraveling the lies they told,” Dotson said. “That’s resources that could have been spent on other crimes and it damaged the perception of the city. I hope these two individuals get help in their relationship.”