A woman was arrested after she sent threatening text messages to herself and then filed a false police report, claiming she was being harassed by her former boyfriend.
34-year-old Trudy Miller from Crowley, Louisiana, was jailed Tuesday, after she allegedly sent threatening messages to herself in an attempt to gain sole custody of a child she shares with her former boyfriend.
According to Crowley Police, they began an investigation after Miller filed five complaints with the department stating that she was being threatened and harassed by her former boyfriend.
Investigators said that Miller showed them text messages on her cell phone that she claimed came from her boyfriend’s cell phone. The messages were increasingly hostile and threatened physical harm to her.
When officers spoke with Miller's former boyfriend, he repeatedly insisted that he did not send the messages and he no longer had the phone that was used to send the messages. The boyfriend claimed that he left the cell phone with Miller when the couple separated.
Detectives investigated further and found that Miller had possession of the phone in question. The boyfriend had stopped talking to Miller when they broke up.
"We also found that more than 30 threatening text messages received on Miller’s phone were in fact sent by Miller to her own phone," Police Chief KP Gibson said. "With pending criminal charges of stalking, Miller thought she would get full custody of the couple's son," Gibson said.
Miller was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail and charged with a felony count of perjury and filing false police reports.
“I am glad this case was worked out and an innocent person has been cleared of false accusations,” Chief Gibson said.