Woman Charged with Assault After Report of Attempted Abduction
April 18, 2013 05:21 PM EDT
University of Virginia Community Credit Union on Arlington Boulevard
A Charlottesville woman is facing a misdemeanor assault charge after police say they responded to a call about an attempted abduction near Fashion Square Mall. Carrie Marie Smith, 20, has been charged with assault by intimidation.
The incident is said to have started near the mall and end in the parking lot of the University of Virginia Community Credit Union at the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Emmet Street.
Wednesday afternoon, the credit union's parking lot was packed with police cars. The initial police response was for an attempted abduction.
Police say the victim and Smith did know each other. Because the incident started in the county and ended in the city, Charlottesville police are assisting in the investigation.
"Apparently there was someone that was brought to this financial institution and then at that point the emergency communications center was notified of a possible abduction, which then promoted the Charlottesville police response to this location," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts, spokesman for the Charlottesville Police Department.
The victim was not hurt in the incident.
Police have not released any details describing how the initial report of an attempted abduction ended in a single misdemeanor assault charge.