SeaTac, WA – A report of a robbery and multiple sexual assaults at a SeaTac restaurant was all a lie concocted by illegal aliens who were attempting to avoid being deported, according to police.
King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said that deputies had been searching for two armed suspects who were allegedly driving a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup truck since the alleged attack occurred on Oct. 21, KIRO reported.
The supposed victims claimed that at least two masked Samoan men burst into Bob’s Burgers and Teriyaki on International Boulevard and tied eight people up, then robbed them and sexually assaulted two female patrons.
The suspects allegedly fled the scene after stealing the pickup from one of the supposed victims.
“It was all a lie,” Sheriff Johanknecht confirmed during a press conference on Monday, according to KIRO. “Our detectives believe the participants hoped to avoid deportation, applying for and receiving a federal U visa.”
The visas are utilized for physically or mentally abused crime victims who are cooperating with law enforcement officers during a criminal investigation, she explained.
SeaTac Police Chief Jon Mattsen said that the lengthy investigation into the fake crime was a “tremendous waste of resources.”
The restaurant owner said she had no knowledge of the hoax plot, and that the plan was the brainchild of one of her employees, KIRO reported.
“Every employee present that evening, and every customer, participated in a deliberate hoax,” Sheriff Johanknecht said. “This hoax should be an affront to all of us, especially those real victims of violence and sexual assault that U visas were intended to protect.”
The sheriff noted that, by attempting to “pin” the false report on “two Samoan males,” the hoax was also “racially motivated.”
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and no one has been taken into custody in connection with the false report, KIRO reported.
Sheriff Johanknecht also made it very clear that the King County Sheriff’s Office will continue to handle the investigation without the involvement of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to KIRO.