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Jones, who also fills in on “Good Morning America,” was taken into custody on Monday for a Class A misdemeanor. If convicted, she could face a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. Operators at WABC said they have suspended Jones until they know the outcome of the investigation.
The report Jones filed with police back in September alleges that a Hispanic male tried to rape her while she was jogging in Central Park. Jones claimed that a man in his 30s or 40s grabbed her from behind and then attempted to force her into a secluded wooded area of the park.
None of the evidence Jones presented added up for detectives, who had spent a great deal of time, resources and money canvassing the area in search of the suspect. Jones ultimately admitted that she had fabricated the story to elicit sympathy and attention, apparently in response to an undisclosed personal problem she was experiencing.
But despite the unnecessary waste of police resources, detectives seemed relatively unshaken by the incident. One officer told reporters, “It didn’t really come as a big surprise to us. She’s a weather girl, she works in lies. One day, she says it’ll be 80 degrees. And it snows. Then she predicts torrential rains and we have an early summer. This woman’s been full of crap since day one. So, we didn’t put too much stock into her story. For all we know, some street vendor tried to sell her a balloon or a hot dog. And somehow, in her warped weather person mind, that hot dog became a penis and the little old man in the wheelchair selling it became a vicious, stealthy rapist. Today’s forecast? A steaming downpour of manure.”