Pittsburgh police are still questioning a 20-year-old woman who said she was robbed and assaulted at an ATM in Bloomfield because of her political views.
Ashley Todd, of College Station, Texas, said she was using an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her and put a knife to her throat.
Police spokeswoman Diane Richard said the robber took $60 from Todd, then became angry when he saw a McCain bumper sticker on the victim's car. The attacker then punched and kicked the victim, before using a dull knife to scratch the letter "B" into her face, Richard said.
My initial reaction is to be skeptical about the authenticity of this report. In spirit The Anchoress sums up my thinking exactly:
I did not jump on the story because I’m a New Yorker and my first thought was: Tawana Brawley.
I'll let police do their job. If there is a there there, I'll have plenty of time to be smug and hysterical.
UPDATE & BUMPED:
Well, that didn't take long:
Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter “B” in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.
Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car.
You could just feel this one coming.
Shooting up yard signs I could buy. Nut job tearing up McCain signs and hitting McCain supporters with them I could buy. But this always sounded fishy.