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Nancy Salas Charged in Merced for Faking Her Kidnapping

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A 22-year-old Glendale woman is now facing a misdemeanor charge for the kidnapping hoax that tied up local police during the extensive search and wound up in Merced, where she fled during the staged incident. Nancy Salas faked a kidnapping from her Glendale neighborhood in order to avoid confessing to her parents and friends she was not going to graduate from UCLA as expected this month. In fact, for the past two years, Salas had been lying about being enrolled at the school and about her plans to go on to a Masters program after graduation.

While Glendale police determined she did not commit a crime there, after further probing into the events of May 13th when the young woman turned up distraught in a Merced carpeting store and placed a call to authorities there claiming she'd been abducted, authorities there have decided to press charges, according to cbs2.

"The Merced County district attorney's office on Friday charged Nancy Salas with one count of giving a false report of a crime to a police officer."

Salas' family have not said if she has retained legal counsel yet.