Police have discovered a Petaluma woman faked a robbery last month at the outlet mall where she worked to pay off a debt she owed her drug dealer, according to the Petaluma Police Department. Ashley Ann Orison told police she was robbed at gunpoint on her way to her car in the Petaluma Village Factory Outlets on Aug.2, according to police. She said she was leaving work at the Claire’s store when she was approached by a man who asked for directions to the freeway but brandished a weapon when she got close. The man allegedly produced a black semi-automatic handgun and demanded her purse, which she handed over. He then told her to face away from him and not move until he was out of sight, and he drove in an unknown direction on Petaluma Boulevard North. Orison described the suspect in detail, saying he was a thin Hispanic man, about 150 pounds, with brown spiked hair, brown eyes, a black or grey T-shirt and black pants, according to police. During a follow-up investigation, though, police learned Orison had made up the robbery. On Aug. 22, an investigating officer discovered Orison had been arrested by Petaluma police on charges related to credit card fraud, police said. She was being held at the Sonoma County Jail, so the investigating officer booked a follow-up interview with her. She confessed that she had lied about the Aug. 2 robbery to pay
off a debt owed to her drug dealer, according to police. She was booked at Sonoma County Jail with an additional bail set at $10,000. Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call Officer John Antonio at (707) 778-4372.
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