BRITISH COLUMBIA

Woman's allegations of robbery, confinement, threats were false: B.C. RCMP

02/04/2015 05:50 EST | Updated 04/06/2015 05:59 EDT
NANAIMO, B.C. - Six people spent much of a day locked up in a Vancouver Island RCMP detachment over what police now say were false robbery and confinement allegations.

Const. Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP says police are now recommending public-mischief charges against a 23-year-old woman.

O'Brien says the woman first called 911 on Tuesday morning, alleging she was threatened with bear spray, forced into a hotel room and robbed.

He says police arrested five men and one woman, and the detachment's entire general investigation section spent about 18 hours on the case.

O'Brien says police determined the woman's allegations were "fabricated and completely false" about midnight.

The six people who were arrested were released without charge.