Woman's story of I-5 rest area attack was a hoax, police say

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - State police detectives said a woman who claimed a stranger attacked her at a rest area along Interstate 5 made up the story and gave herself bruises and scrapes to make it appear she was assaulted.

Heather Trevino, 33, of Salem, told police on Aug. 16 that she was walking with her 3-year-old daughter at the Baldock rest area on southbound I-5 near Wilsonville when she was attacked by a man who knocked her to the ground, hit her with something and tried to strangle her.

Trevino was taken to the hospital with several injuries as police searched for a suspect. Police now believe her injuries were self-inflicted.

Her daughter was not hurt.

State police determined the story was a hoax during a follow-up interview with Trevino, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings. Police cited Trevino on a charge of initiating a false report. It's not clear what her motive was.

Trevino is scheduled to appear in Clackamas County Court on Sept. 25.

The Oregon Legislature in 2013 reclassified initiating a false report as a Class A misdemeanor. They also changed the statute to require a person convicted of initiating a false report to pay for the cost of the police response. Those changes went into effect in June.

The price of this investigation in unclear.

"We will gather that info over the next few weeks," said Hastings.