GRYBOVA RUDNYA, UA – In what has to be one of the most audacious bait-and-switch schemes ever dreamt up and attempted, a Ukrainian man reportedly called police to confess to a murder that didn’t actually occur.
The reasoning behind this false confession was an effort to see if police would plow the snow off of the man’s road.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 16, 2021
Here’s what reportedly transpired.
An unidentified man from the village of Grybova Rudnya called the police on the evening of February 13th to confess that he’d stabbed his mother’s boyfriend to death.
But this man also reportedly told police that they’d need to use a snowplow to get to the house where the murder occurred, noting that it would be impossible to reach the home otherwise.
Well, it turns out that police didn’t need to use a snowplow to make their way to the home where this “murder” occurred – police spokesperson Yuliya Kovtun stated that officers were able to respond by simply using an SUV.
Snowbound Man Confesses to Fake Murder Hoping Police Will Plow His Road https://t.co/HiPJxn5yDE
— Coast to Coast AM (@coasttocoastam) February 16, 2021
And by the time officers had arrived at the residence, they’d found the “murder” victim was just fine, and the unidentified man who phoned the authorities explained that the entire ploy was an effort to get his road snowplowed.
From what Yuliya Kovtun said of the situation, the man was not pleased, “with the quality of the clearing,” that city workers had performed earlier in the day. For perspective, snowfall in Ukraine at the time was around 20 inches.
While no one went to jail, the man who led police on this ruse is facing a fine of up to 119 hryvnias – which comes out to about $4.27 in U.S. dollars.
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Last year, a politician in Oregon also made a confession to the public rather than police, that he tried to paint himself a victim by penning a racist letter addressed to him…that he actually wound up writing himself.
Here’s that previous report from July of 2020.
HERMISTON, OR– Talk about desperate for attention.
Authorities released information regarding Oregon politician, Jonathan Lopez. Lopez, who is Latino and was a recent candidate for Umatilla County commissioner has confessed to penning a racist letter to himself after he initially claimed it was anonymously sent to him.
Lopez originally claimed that he discovered the hate-filled letter in his mailbox on June 23rd.
According to local news station KEPR-TV, he shared a photo of the letter on his now deleted Facebook account, which said that Lopez and other “Mexicans” were “not welcome here.” The letter is laced with derogatory and racist terms and addressed to Jonathan Lopez. In one line from the letter, the author said:
“Don’t waste your time trying to become anything in this country we will make sure you never win and your family suffers along with all the other f***** Mexicans in the area!”
The letter was signed, “Sincerely, America!” In his original Facebook post, Jonathan writes about the experience of receiving the letter and his background as a person. Lopez states:
“Many don’t know me or who I am and where I stand. As an American born man who served in the USCG, fire and rescue services. I’m also proud of where my parents and grandparents were born and raised, Mexico. I have lived a life full of obstacles and challenges including racism. There is no room or tolerance of that.”
PLANTING THE EVIDENCE: Oregon Democratic official cried “hate crime” and now admits he wrote racist letter to himself https://t.co/LTIwT0X7VI
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 7, 2020
Lopez had previously posted a photo of a typed letter full of racist, homophobic, and misogynist slurs to Facebook. Lopez also writes:
“We must be mature and adults about things and address them properly at a table or meeting in which we can come to an agreement or mutual understanding!”
Lopez ended his original Facebook post saying that he isn’t mad at the person who wrote the hateful letter. He says:
“I hold no resentment for whom ever wrote this; I’m just simply heartbroken for the lack of knowledge, education, and respect missing. I pray for you and wish you prosperity and your life. God bless us all!”
"KEPR-TV News reported police determined Jonathan Lopez – who recently ran for public office in #Umatilla Co. #OR – sent a racist letter to himself he claimed he had received, and that Lopez in a written statement admitted to fabricating the letter."https://t.co/SpE9PWq7xg
— Robert Dolezal (@RobertDolezal) July 7, 2020
When the authorities followed up with Lopez about the alleged incident, he confessed to writing the letter himself. According to Hermiston Police Chief Jason Edmiston:
“From the onset, this alleged incident has been thoroughly investigated. Our investigation has shown that Mr. Lopez wrote the letter himself and made false statements to the police and on social media. The end result is a verbal and written admission by Mr. Lopez that the letter was fabricated.”
Chief Edmiston said that the case would be forwarded to the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office for review on charges for initiating a false report. He also said in a statement:
“This investigation is particularly frustrating as we are in the midst of multiple major investigations while battling a resource shortage due to the current pandemic. The time spent on this fictitious claim means time lost on other matters, not to mention it needlessly adds to the incredible tension that exists in our nation today.”
Lopez lost a primary election for a seat on the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners this past May. He claims that he never intended to file a police report about the bogus letter. Lopez initially stated that it was a big misunderstanding.
He said he just meant to speak with Chief Edmiston about racism in Umatilla County and use the letter as an example of the type of racism people experience, but often don’t speak out about publicly. According to Lopez:
“I never meant to file a report, it just kind of spiraled out.”
Lopez also said he never meant to “mislead” the public. When questioned further about his statements on Facebook and the fact that he told an East Oregonian reporter on June 24th that he had found the letter in his mailbox when he got home, he confirmed that he had told a police officer the same story.
Chief Edmiston also alleged that HPD has learned that Lopez never served in the U.S. Coast Guard as stated, which would be a violation of the 2013 Stolen Valor Act. Lopez has not provided documentation to the East Oregonian to confirm his claim of Coast Guard service when asked.
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