Winnsboro, LA, United States (4E) – A 20-year-old Louisiana woman who was allegedly set on fire Sunday by three men, who afterwards scrawled racial slur on her car, admitted Tuesday evening that she made up the attack.
According to police, Sharmeka Moffitt, the woman who initially blamed three men for the fire and the written “KKK” on her car, actually burned herself.
Preliminary investigation stated Moffitt told police who arrived at the scene that she did not recognize her attackers, who could be wearing white hoodies. The woman claimed she was alone when the incident happened, but she was able to douse herself with water.
Winnsboro Police Chief Lester Thomas announced that Moffitt confirmed she set herself on fire, and scrawled the initials on her car. Her motive remains unknown.
It was also reported that the DNA on a lighter found at the scene matched Moffitt.
The critically injured woman’s family released a statement about the attack, saying that the family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding her injuries.
The statement also noted that “while this is not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies.”
Moffitt is being treated at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.