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Shannon Campbell arrested for filing a false police report

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  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Shannon Campbell, who was reported missing, is arrested for filing a false police report, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office press release.

    JSO responded to the 5600 block of Greenland Road in reference to a missing person on August 11. Family members told officers that they received a text message that said an unnamed individual was holding 20-year-old Campbell against her will because she owed money for drugs.

    The release detailed that the suspect told the complainant to transfer two-thousand dollars through Western Union to secure her release. The suspect advised through text messages that if the money were not sent, she would be killed.

    Trey Moldovan, 27, of Jacksonville lives in the neighborhood. THough he does not know Campbell, he recounted Sunday evening.

    "All that commotion, I feared something was wrong," he said.

    During the investigation, the complainant continued to receive repeated texts from Campbell. Some examples of the alleged text messages according to the release were, "she could not leave, that 'he' would put a needle in her arm with 'molly' or heroin and make her life worse." Other alleged text messages stated, "I can't leave, save me," and "I can't go anywhere until I have something to offer."

    JSO officers, homicide detectives and the Criminal Apprehension Team assisted in locating Campbell. She was found around 12:30 a.m. August 12 in the 3900 block of Abby Lane.

    Campbell was in good health with no apparent injuries, the release detailed.

    During an interview at the police station Campbell allegedly admitted to lying about the kidnapping and being held against her will. According the release, she said she made the story up so she could get money from her mother.

    "That's bizzare," Moldovan said. "The extent to go through to do something like that, that's just...I don't understand that."

    Campbell further admitted that a crime was not being committed against her and knew what she was doing was wrong.

    A JSO spokesperson said the department used every resource possible to search for Campbell.

    "The amount of effort and time to send the people out here to investigate," Moldovan explained. "That's a lot of waste."

    Campbell was arrested for filing a false police report and transported to Duval County Jail.

    "I hate to condem somebody," Moldovan began to say. "I'm not that kind of guy. But, I just hope she sees something for wasting everybody's time and money like that."

    Campbell appeared in court Monday afternoon. Her bond as set at $1,003. If convicted, she could face up to one year behind bars. She is due back in court in early September.

    First Coast News spoke to Campbell's family, but they did not want to comment.

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