SANTA MONICA, Calif.
— A woman who says she was robbed at gunpoint while riding her bike in Orange County last week says she will sue the Sheriff’s Department and the Orange County Sheriffs Department for defamation.
In a statement to Fox News, Jessica L. Williams, who was in the area, said she was riding her bicycle when she was approached by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy who asked her to take a photo of him.
The deputy said he wanted to talk to her because she was a victim of domestic violence, Williams said in the statement.
Williams said she declined, and the deputy threatened to arrest her if she did not comply.
She said he then threatened to kill her.
“He just said ‘You’re going to be dead, you’re going die,'” Williams said.
“Then I was like, ‘You don’t care about me, you don’t think I’m worth anything.
You don’t want me to be in trouble?
Then I’m going to die.
And you’re just going to have to take me somewhere else.’
He said, ‘Go.’
He went into my car and put me in the back of his patrol car.
I felt like I was in a coffin,” Williams said.”
When I pulled into my driveway, I saw the deputy in my front seat.
He just put his hands on my shoulders, and then he started talking to me and trying to get me to open my car door,” Williams added.
The sheriff’s department has declined to comment.
The statement from Williams, a nurse who said she has a son and a daughter, came days after the sheriff’s office released a video of the incident, which was later shown to the media.
Williams said she felt scared and was nervous, but was able to get through the ordeal safely.
“It took me a while to recover, but it took me about three minutes,” Williams told Fox News.
“I’ve lived in this area for a year and a half and I’ve never been robbed, and I never will be.
I’m a good person, and there’s a lot of bad people out there, but this was the first time it had happened to me.”
The sheriff said in a statement the video “does not reflect the circumstances” and was released without explanation.
“While this incident is under investigation, the Orange Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office will not be commenting at this time,” the sheriff said.
The Sheriff’s department released the following statement about the incident:”It is a sad day for our community.
The Sheriff’s Deputies department has received numerous calls of concern regarding the arrest of a female in Orange county.
At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 13, a citizen reported a male subject with a firearm had attempted to enter the residence of the resident, a female resident.
The female resident, who lives in a residence in the Orange county area, and her boyfriend were inside the residence.
As a result of the attempted entry, the male subject was apprehended by the Orange Sheriff’s Dept.
Deputies used a Taser on the male, who resisted arrest, and was transported to the Orange sheriff’s station.
During the arrest, the female resident was assaulted and the male was detained for a short period of time.
The male was released from the Orange Sheriffs station with no charges filed.
The Orange Sheriff Deputies office will be conducting a full investigation into the incident.”