5.23.13 Reported Abduction - False Report UPDATED INFORMATION

23 May 2013 by Cpt. Kent Switzer


5.21.13 Reported Abduction

21 May 2013 by Lt. Todd Umstead

At approximately 8:50 a.m. 5/21/13 Lancaster County Wide Communications received a call from a female reporting she had been forced into the trunk of a vehicle by two male suspects. According to the victim, this occurred somewhere within the City of Lancaster. Through the victim's communications via her cell phone, it was determined that the victim and vehicle were probably driven to the Lancaster County Central Park. Approx. 15-20 minutes after the initial call, officers located the victim and vehicle, a red Chrysler sedan, in the Kiwanis area of the County Park. The suspects were not located. The victim, a 33-year-old Lancaster County woman, sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. A search for the suspects is ongoing. All entrances to the Lancaster County Central Park are closed at this time. City Police are being assisted by PA State Police, PSP Aviation Unit, Red Rose K9, Lancaster County Sheriff's Dept., and numerous county police agencies. The suspects were described by the victim as:

1. White male, shoulder length dark hair, last seen wearing a black shirt and grey sweatpants

2. Black male, balding, white t-shirt, black pants

Anyone with information is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on our website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.    


     As a result of the investigation into this reported abduction, which was conducted over a 2 day period, it has been determined that this was a false report by the reporting person, who has been identified as…. 

                       Maria Collazo, 33

                        1st Blk Colonial Park

                        New Holland, Pa.

     Collazo was charged with False Alarms to Agencies of Public Safety(M-1) and False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities(M-3) by Detective Randy Zook before Magisterial District Judge Simms.  Collazo  reported that she had been abducted from a Lancaster Parking Authority Parking Lot in the 100 Blk E. Walnut St and driven to Lancaster County Park where she was assaulted and then locked in her trunk.  This City parking lot on E. Walnut St requires a pass card to enter and as part of the investigation, Detectives were able to determine that her card was not used and that her vehicle did not enter the lot that morning. 

     Collazo also informed Detectives of the route she was allegedly driven on in her vehicle, during this alleged abduction, by the suspects, from the parking lot to the park and she also went with Detectives and showed them this route she was to have been taken on by the abductors.  Detectives and Officers who initially arrived in the park when she was located observed the trunk open and close as they were approaching her vehicle.  Also, Detectives in working with the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, were able to trace her route via the Safety Coalition Camera System, on multiple cameras, as she entered Lancaster City via New Holland Ave to Walnut St and were able to see that she drove past the entrance to the lot that she claimed this abduction took place in, did not stop or turn into this lot, but instead continued west on Walnut St.  In addition, her vehicle was viewed by additional cameras, as she continued her drive on various streets throughout the City to the park and the actual route traveled differed from the account that she provided to Detectives.  Furthermore, at different points during her route of travel, the camera angle allows for the interior of the vehicle to be viewed and at no point is anyone else observed inside the vehicle, beyond the driver. 

     This afternoon, Collazo came to the police station at the request of Detectives, where she was arrested shortly before 2:15 pm today and held for arraignment. 

As always, those accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.