RIPLEY – A Booneville woman was in jail Thursday, Dec. 23, after her false report of being kidnapped led to a short but intensive search for her, Tippah authorities said. Nicole Cramier, 20, is charged with filing a false report. No bond had been set as of early that afternoon, according to county jail records. County Investigator Jason Willis said Cramier went in the Exxon station at the Miss. 4-15 intersection in Ripley about 10 a.m. Thursday. She told a clerk she was in a vehicle with a armed man who was wanted, was being held against her will, and was being timed to go to the bathroom. She asked the clerk to notify authorities. She then returned to the vehicle and it left. The clerk obtained a tag number and vehicle description, and Tippah deputies and Ripley police were soon searching for it. Willis later stopped a Ford Focus on Miss. 4 East fitting the description of the vehicle, and held the woman and two males in it until other units arrived. No weapon was found. All four occupants were questioned at the Sheriff’s Department. The woman was charged about dinnertime after some of her statements to the store clerk were found to be false. Said Willis, “One guy in the vehicle was her boyfriend, and he did have some outstanding misdemeanor traffic warrants in another county, but they wouldn’t come get him. The only reason we can determine for why she said what she did is that she just wanted to get away from her boyfriend,” Willis said. -0-

Hank Wiesner

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