A Democrat candidate for mayor in South Carolina was one of two people arrested for faking a kidnapping and beating in hopes to get some sympathy votes in November. Instead, the 29-year-old Sabrina Belcher just got charged with filing a false police report of a felony and conspiracy. She also faces public scrutiny about people not being able to kidnap someone her size unless they have a team of body builders willing to lift her into a van or flatbed, but that was expected once it was revealed she and another person staged the whole thing.
Even better, Belcher and her associate, 34-year-old James Eaddy, posted the video on Facebook live and people were watching the whole shebang go down.
She ended up at the hospital and the police station, making a report of an "unknown man" who attempted a robbery, assaulted her, and kidnapped her during the robbery. She claimed she was injured, her car windows were busted out, etc. She made one big mistake. She gave the cops a fake name for the attacker. I guess if the name doesn't come up clean or with a record, then there's no way for anyone to look them up and question them. That must mean what? Hmmm.... fake name, fake crime? Sounds like Jussie Smollett all over again!
Based on Fox Carolina's report, the cops figured out Belcher had been talking to Eaddy over the days before this and that's where the might have came up with the failed plan.
The Sumter Police Department released a statement on it too. They posted the following right on Facebook:
Candidate, associate charged in plot to gain votes
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SUMTER, SC (Aug. 20, 2020) – A Sumter mayoral candidate and an associate are charged after police say they staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election.
Sabrina Belcher, 29, of Cabelas Place, admitted to planning the ruse, which she recorded and posted on Facebook live, with Christopher James Eaddy, 34, of Olive Street.
Belcher, with Eaddy’s help, also attempted to discredit a fellow candidate in the recording. Belcher also had ongoing plans to smear other mayoral candidates prior to the election.
Belcher is charged with filing a false police report of a felony and conspiracy. Eaddy is charged with conspiracy. Both were booked Wednesday at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center.
Officers were called to the police station before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and met with Belcher, who reported she was assaulted and kidnapped by an unknown man during an attempted robbery. She was injured and her vehicle windows were knocked out during the chain of events described by Belcher. She was taken to Prisma Health Tuomey and released.
During the investigation, Belcher provided a fake name of her attacker. However, officers later determined she was in contact with Eaddy whom she had worked with days prior to concoct and stage the reported incident.
“This was simply an effort to create disorder and discontent in our community for personal gain,” Chief Russell Roark said. “As a result, a valuable number of resources, including personnel, manhours of the police department as well as local medical professionals, were wasted based on false information.”
Approved for media release by Chief Russell F. Roark, III