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Police: Couple lied about being thrown in Cooper River

Dec 8, 2010 5:56:00 PM - thestate.com
Charleston police say a couple's story about being robbed, forced to strip and tossed into the Cooper River never happened and the two are being charged with filing a false police report.

Police said Wednesday that 20-year-old John Shafer and 19-year-old Penelope Jade Murray are being charged. Both are from Charleston.

Authorities said the couple walked into a hotel lobby early Nov. 23 naked and covered in mud.

At the time Shafer told police they had been sitting in the city's Waterfront Park when they were approached by another couple who assaulted them and demanded their cell phones and money.

The original police report said the two were forced to strip at knifepoint and thrown into the water.

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