|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
February 10, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
WOMAN CHARGED WITH FILING FALSE POLICE REPORT THAT SHE WAS ATTACKED USING DETAILS FROM CASE IN THE MEDIA ONE WEEK EARLIER
NEWPORT BEACH – A woman has been charged with filing a false police report for fabricating a story that she was a victim of an attack with details matching a similar crime covered by the media one week prior. Danielle Rene Deichman, 20, Laguna Niguel, was charged late yesterday, Feb. 9, 2011, with one misdemeanor count of filing a false police report and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of one year and six months in jail. Deichman is out of custody on $500 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned March 4, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department H-8, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
On Feb. 2, 2011, Deichman reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) that she had been attacked several hours earlier while walking on La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel. Deichman is accused of falsely claiming that a man had grabbed her from behind and tried to push her to the ground, but she was able to kick him in the groin and escape.
The described incident was almost identical in detail to an attack that had occurred exactly one week earlier in the same location, which was covered by the media.
Following investigation and a review of the statements provided by Deichman, OCSD investigators concluded that the defendant had filed a false police report after fabricating the story. On Feb. 3, 2011, investigators arrested the defendant after conducting a follow-up interview.
While she was being handcuffed, Deichman is accused of struggling and resisting arrest. The arresting officers sustained minor injuries while subduing the defendant.
Deputy District Attorney Cheryl Gold is prosecuting this case.