The companion of a Cincinnati Reds baseball player who was charged with fabricating a tale of being tied up and robbed in May pleaded guilty today to a lesser charge.
Claudia Manrique, 27, of Silver Spring, Md., was initially charged with making false reports to police, a misdemeanor. At a preliminary hearing today, a district court judge reduced the charge to disorderly conduct.
Ms. Manrique had traveled to Pittsburgh with Reds pitcher Ardolis Chapman and was staying in the William Penn Hotel Downtown. On May 29, hotel guests found her tied up, crying and partially clothed in her room. She told police someone had stolen a Louis Vuitton bag with $200,000 worth of jewelry inside. Initially, she said the robber was posing as a hotel maintenance worker. Then she changed her tale, saying it was someone who had stolen her wallet at a Downtown CVS and then threatened to hurt her if she didn't tell him her room number. She also failed a polygraph.
After the 12 hours of questioning, police determined she was being untruthful.
Ms. Manrique was ordered to pay an $164 fine, according to court records.
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