Kidnapping hoax suspect faces charges
The woman who convinced an Internet acquaintance<who then alarmed authorities<that she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted will face charges in the case.The Eagle County District Attorney’s Office approved an arrest warrant Friday for Shanie Lee Krause, 33, of Denver.Krause is charged with false reporting to authorities, a class-III misdemeanor, and criminal impersonation, a class-IV felony.Once arrested, Krause will be held on $10,000 bond.Krause is accused of triggering a two-day kidnapping investigation that involved the Vail Police Department, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies when she faked a series of distressed phone calls to a 28-year-old Minturn man who had been waiting to meet her at a Vail restaurant the morning of March 24. The two had been exchanging a series of e-mail messages over several months and the man had considered her to be his girlfriend, authorities said.The case took a bizarre twist when a photo supplied by Krause to the online boyfriend and subsequently released to the media during a public appeal turned out to be a picture of the current girlfriend of Krause’s former boyfriend. Once the woman in the photograph was identified as someone other than Krause, who had given a fictitious name to the Internet acquaintance, and after the Minturn man admitted he had never met Krause in person, authorities were able to declare the incident a hoax, some 32 hours after the initial 911 call.Authorities say the case consumed 100 hours of investigative time on March 24 and 25, representing an estimated $3,500 in local resources. Approximately 20 police officers and investigators were involved in the case. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger has said he’ll seek restitution for the costs.If Krause is convicted, the charge of false reporting carries a fine of $50 to $750 and up to 6 months in jail. The criminal impersonation charge carries a fine of $1,000 to $100,000 and up to 18 months in jail.
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