Charges likely after Douglas County Sheriff's Office finds reports about white vans were false

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Charges are likely after two separate reports about a suspicious white van in Douglas County were found to be false, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The two reports received within four days led the Sheriff's Office to caution the public about a safety concern.

According to the original sheriff's announcement, the first report came from a young woman who said a Hispanic man approached her near her home in the Northridge Park area of the Northridge subdivision in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. and asked her to go with him. When she refused, he got in a white van and quickly drove away.

The second report came from a woman who said a dark-skinned man put his arm around her waist in a parking lot at the Taco Bell at Blakeland Drive at Highway 85 in Littleton Friday afternoon, just outside of Highlands Ranch. She pushed him away and believes he left in a white van.

Thursday, Sgt. Ron Hanavan announced that investigators determined both women fabricated their stories.

"This is an ongoing investigation and it is likely charges will be recommended to the District Attorney’s Office for False Reporting to Authorities," Hanavan wrote in an email.

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