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Brookhaven police say woman's alleged kidnapping, $20K robbery didn't happen

She's since been charged.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Editor's note: In a Nov. 29 update, Brookhaven police told 11Alive that the woman involved in this report has since been arrested and charged with falsely reporting a crime. 

Police did not offer more details, but 11Alive is working to get more information on the woman's arrest. The video associated with this report has been removed and the headline updated. The original story appears below. 

Brookhaven Police and the DeKalb County Police Department are investigating a kidnapping and robbery that took place on Oct. 18.

A police report stated the victim said she just got off the bus and was walking to work along La Vista Road in DeKalb County when she was approached by a woman near Briarcliff Road. The victim said the woman asked where she was headed and the victim explained she was walking to work.

A man, driving a silver SUV, then pulled up and demanded both women get inside the vehicle. The female suspect told the victim the man had a gun– before showing her a gun in her waistband, according to the police report.

The victim said the couple told her inside the vehicle, "they were not playing around" and they "have been following her for a while and know where her family is." The couple told her she was going to walk into her bank and withdraw $20,000, the police report stated. 

According to the police report, the victim also said she was told if she didn't or if she alerted anyone to what was happening the couple would kill her family, and then find her and kill her as well. 

The victim walked into the Bank of America on N. Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven and told the teller she was buying a car and needed to withdraw the money. Once she got the money, the victim walked out and got back into the SUV. She said the man drove her to a nearby shopping center and made her get out before taking off, the police report stated. 

The victim then called for help and returned to the bank where Brookhaven Police showed up and took a report of the robbery. DeKalb Police were also called since the kidnapping happened in their jurisdiction.

The victim wasn't physically hurt but you could see in the officer's body camera video released to 11Alive that she was visibly shaken up and very upset. Her daughter who helped her translate to police what happened was just thankful her mom wasn't hurt.

11Alive reached out to Bank of America to see if the victim will be able to get her money back. As of Friday night, representatives from BOA had not responded to our request. Brookhaven Police said their investigation is ongoing and have not made any arrests. 11Alive reached out to DeKalb Police and is still awaiting a response. 

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