^
Keep Houston Press Free
4

Heidi Jones, Former KTRK Weather Star, Falsely Claims Rape, Cops Say

Heidi Jones, for seven years a perky weathercaster on KTRK before she left in 2004, is in trouble with New York City cops for filing what they say was a false rape report.

Jones, 37, who now works for WABC, has been charged with the Class A misdemeanor of filing a false report, the New York Post reports.

Last month, Jones told cops she was jogging in Central Park in September "when a Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s grabbed her from behind, dragged her into a wooded area and attempted to rape her," the paper reports. She said two passers-by came to her aid.

She waited two months to file the report, she told police, because the same man threatened her again in November.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Cops dug up security video and tried to get witnesses, but got nowhere.

Coming up empty-handed, they went to talk to Jones again -- and noticed inconsistencies in her story, the sources said.

After being confronted with the discrepancies, Jones admitted that she had pulled the story out of thin air, the sources said.

The paper says "she concocted the tale in a plea for sympathy to counter some unknown setback that she was experiencing in her personal life."

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.