Bardstown Police said one of the two reports of attempted abductions outside this Cracker Barrel restaurant was falsely reported.
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – One of two women who told police that a man driving a white van tried to abduct her from the Cracker Barrel parking lot in Bardstown earlier this month made up her story, according to Bardstown Police.
Lechia Smaagaard, who also went by Lechia Lewis, was arrested Tuesday on outstanding warrants against her. So far, she has not been charged for allegedly making a false police report.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubnin explained, "We don't have a motive of why she did it she is adamant that it occurred. She did not cooperate with us very well because she is convinced it occurred. We can't close this case it's open but we going to suspend the second incident."
Authorities have been searching for a white van and the man behind the wheel after two attempted abductions were reported by Cracker Barrel waitresses in Bardstown, one on January 11 and the other on January 12. Smaagaard is the woman who claimed the man tried to abduct her on January 12.
A woman who works at the Republic Bank off the Gene Snyder Freeway and Bardstown Road in Fern Creek told Louisville Metro Police a similar incident happened to her on January 17. She told police a man driving a white box van approached her as she walked into the bank, asked her some questions, and then pulled up next to her at the front door of the bank.
On January 18, a fourth woman told Louisville Metro Police that a man driving a white van approached her after she walked her children to their bus stop in the 200 block of North 18th Street in the Portland neighborhood. Bianca Points said the man with shoulder-length salt and pepper-colored hair even opened the van door. Points told officers two other men were inside the van, but she was unable to describe them.