A Suffield, Conn., woman charged with falsely reporting a home invasion and brutal assault has pleaded not guilty.
Kelly Wilson, 29, of Thrall Avenue, was arrested on July 3, after a nearly three-month investigation by Suffield Police and appeared in court on Thursday.
Police said she admitted to causing injuries to herself and trashing her home to make it look like an intruder.
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On April 13, police forced their way into Wilson’s home shortly after midnight when she reported that a man with a handgun broke in through a back door, beat her and sexually assaulted her.
At the time, police said it was one of the most disturbing crime scenes and violent stories they have ever come upon.
Wilson told police that the masked man knocked twice on her door earlier in the evening and asked for help with his broken down car, police said.
Wilson, who was alone at the time, gave police a detailed description of the alleged intruder.
Property records show she and her fiancé purchased the house just weeks before the incident. At the time, police said her fiancé was away on military leave.
For days, police asked town residents to remain vigilant and report anyone suspicious matching the description of the alleged intruder.
Checkpoints were set up in the area of the Thrall Avenue address, with police asking drivers if they noticed a broken down car or a man matching the description given around the time of the alleged incident.
Suffield Police Chief Michael Manzi said investigators shortly after found discrepancies in Wilson's story.
“The investigation soon turned from finding a suspect to determining whether the story was fabricated,” Manzi said.
An FBI profiler from Quantico, Va., was brought in to aide in the investigation, Manzi said.
On May 22, Wilson gave a written statement admitting she contrived the whole story, Manzi said.
Wilson admitted to causing the injuries to herself and trashing her home to make it look like an intruder, Manzi said.
As for the reason, Manzi would only say it was “emotional in nature.”
Soon after the written confession, Suffield police turned the case over to the Office of the States’ Attorney.
Manzi said an arrest warrant was signed and issued on July 2 and Wilson was arrested the following day.
She is charged with falsely reporting an incident, making false statements and misuse of the emergency 911 system.
All charges are misdemeanors.
The case has been continued to Aug. 29.