I’m starting a new post on this since the story is constantly growing. For background, check out my earlier post.
So the skepticism is really growing now with this latest story:
When Ms. Todd reported the incident, “nowhere did she say to the officer that [the assailant] made reference to the bumper sticker. I don’t know how she came to the conclusion that he noticed the sticker,” Cmdr. Ross said.
Updates after the fold
He said the description of the robber as a 6-foot 4-inch, 200-pound black man is similar to that of a man who robbed a Liberty Avenue bank in recent weeks.
Police were checking surveillance video of the Wednesday ATM incident.
Several employees at nearby businesses last night said they were unaware of the attack.
So the whole bumper sticker thing was thought of after the fact? MSNBC has reported that she took her lie-detector test today, but the results aren’t known. I have also been reading that this is a very busy part of town with a lot of bars and restaurants, including right across from the ATM. This happened at 9:00 pm at night, so business should have been good, yet no one saw it happen.
There was also the postings on her Twitter making it sound like she had no idea where she was and was in a “bad part of town”. Apparently she knew right where she was:
Ms. Todd then went to a friend’s house in the 5100 block of Cypress Street, about a mile away, where she reported the incident to police about 45 minutes later. She declined medical treatment at that time.
So she was in an unknown part of town, yet went to a friends about a mile away? Really? Let’s add some perspective here. Todd is from Texas, but in Pittsburgh volunteering for the McCain campaign, on behalf of the College Republicans. Apparently she hasn’t been there that long, so where did she make a friend at? A safe guess would be McCain headquarters, and possibly another volunteer.
Now let’s add to that the fact she waited 45 minutes to call the police. If this is fake then I wonder if she now has an accomplice in this fraud. I am sure the police are talking to her friend now.
Also the right has been trying to defend the upside B by saying that the man sat above her head as he carved it in, which would make the B face properly. That story is now debunked:
Ms. Todd told police during at least five hours of questioning last night that her attacker said to her, “You are going to be a Barack supporter.” She told police the man then sat on her chest, pinning both her hands down with his knees and used what she believed was a dull knife with a roughly 5-inch blade to carve the B.
Five hours of questioning is a lot also. If her story was solid, the questioning wouldn’t have taken no where near that long.
If this all does turn out to be a fake then she needs to be publicly humiliated for what she has tried to do. Perhaps a public apology beside Obama when he does his big national TV appearance next week?
(Updated below the fold)
Just saw this on the Post-Chronicle’s site:
Now there may be proof that Ashley Todd isn’t telling the whole story. Officials have reportedly requested a polygraph test be performed because her “statements about the attack conflict with evidence from the Citizens Bank ATM where she claims the incident occurred.”
So there is video from the ATM and that video is what sparked police to administer a polygraph. Someone is telling a lie.