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Police Determine ‘Victim’ Lied

Paramus police now say a 23-year-old woman who reported being shot at the Westfield Garden State Plaza on New Year’s Eve was lying. At approximately 6:30 p.m. that night, detectives were called to Hackensack University Medical Center to investigate the case of a patient who arrived with a pellet gun or firearm wound.

The woman, a Greek national who was visiting the United States, reported that she and her fiancé and his cousin were walking east toward Route 17 in the mall parking lot when she felt something strike her in the chest area. The victim and her companions then got in their vehicle and left the parking lot. A short time later, the victim said she noticed that she had a small wound and was driven to the hospital for treatment.

Paramus officers searched the parking area and several surrounding locations with no results. Detectives returned the following day to conduct further review of surveillance video from several locations.

A few days later, when officers visited the Ridgefield home where the victim was staying, they were told that she had flown back to Greece. Now detectives believe that the woman was never actually at the mall on New Year’s Eve and was injured somewhere else.

Upon her return from Greece, she will be charged with filing false reports, officials said.

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