According to a news release from Elyria police, Mary Palange, 55, initially told police that a male subject approached her while she was in her garage at 430 Longfellow St. and punched her on both sides of her face. She then fell to her knees at which time the subject came from behind and slashed her on the left side of her chest and left forearm with a sharp object, she said.
After interviewing Palange several times after the incident and reviewing evidence, detectives found inconsistencies in her statements.
When confronted with these inconsistencies, Palange admitted that she fabricated the event and actually harmed herself with a knife. Palange directed detectives to the area where she disposed of the knife. The knife was located by detectives and placed into evidence.
Palange was taken to EMH Elyria Medical Center for an evaluation.
Detectives will review the investigation with city of Elyria prosecutors office to determine if charges will be filed.
911 Call #1 (edited to remove long pauses)