Petaluma police said a 23-year-old woman has admitted filing a false sexual assault complaint against a 7-Eleven store employee.Police went to the home of Lillian Palmer around 1:50 a.m. Wednesday after she reported being sexually assaulted by a male store employee while shopping alone in the store that night, Sgt. Andrew Urton said.Palmer gave a detailed statement about the sexual assault and described the employee, Urton said. Police went with Palmer to the store at 2000 Lakeville Highway where she identified the employee and placed the employee under citizen’s arrest, Urton said.Police took the employee into custody for questioning and called the store manager who provided security recordings from the store, Urton said.After reviewing the recordings, police determined Palmer’s accusations were false. She was asked to go to the police department for further questioning and when confronted with the evidence,Palmer admitted a sexual assault hadn’t happened, Urton said. She was booked into the Sonoma County jail for falsely reporting a crime, Urton said. The store employee was released and no charges were filed against him, Urton said.Lt. Mike Cook said Tuesday morning Palmer did not know the employee and there is no motive for filing the false report.
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