Christina Almanza, the Suisun City teen who launched law enforcement on a two-day hunt in fear that she had been abducted last week, admitted she made the story up to get sympathy from her family, police said Monday evening.
She was arrested for making a false police report, issued a notice to appear in court and released to her parents. During the investigation two other unidentified subjects that had been detained for questioning by police were released.
Suisun Police Chief Ed Dadisho said last week that if Almanza’s story was false, her family could wind up paying for a multi-agency task force including area police, the Sheriff’s dept., U.S. Marshalls, CHP and the FBI.
“We are putting together a cost for this investigation…and I’ll be submitting that to the chief and I believe the chief will be submitting that to the DA,” Suisun Police Cmdr. Tim Mattos said Monday evening.
On Thursday at 12:40 p.m. Almanza’s parents filed a missing person report with the Solano County Sheriff, including a voicemail and several short text messages they had received. According to those messages, Almanza and possibly other girls were being held against their will “in a basement and that one female had been possibly killed,” according to a release form the police department.
Law enforcement went into full hunter mode chasing down leads, issuing an amber alert and eventually finding their way to 100 Bolton Avenue in Vallejo, where they located Almanza safe and sound and brought her back to Suisun. Police shot what they called an aggressive dog in the process of securing Almanza.
As early as she was found, however, some facts in the case began to get fishy. Almanza was located outside the Bolton Avenue address, saw police and walked back into the house. After she was reunited with her parents, Suisun Police Chief Ed Dadisho said they had yet to determine if a crime had been committed.