Nearly two months ago, police in a southwest Missouri spent hours outside a house because a woman allegedly texted 911 and said a murder suspect was inside.
At the time, Springfield, Missouri, police were looking for Willie Haughton, a 24-year-old suspected in two separate shooting deaths that happened days apart, according to the Springfield News-Leader.
According to court records, Angel Perreira said Haughton arrived at the north Springfield home before she left it early April 5.
Police surrounded the property, where they were told other people were inside with Haughton.
But as officers learned hours later, the man they were looking for wasn't there.
Police allege Perreira lied about Haughton's whereabouts, and on Thursday, she was charged with making a false report. The 25-year-old woman is not currently in custody, though court records show a summons was issued.
In a statement on Facebook, police said the 15-hour standoff cost the city more than $28,000. That amount, police said, reflects the costs of providing manpower, equipment and medical treatment to an officer who was injured during the standoff by a police dog.
"Due to her false report which led us to a lengthy stand-off, we used a lot of manpower, tactical equipment and even had an officer injured on scene," the police department wrote. "This operation cost the City more than $28,000. Don't do what Angel did."
Court records said when police arrived at the home, a few people exited the house, though officers were told others remained inside.
In an initial interview with police, Perreira stated she was at the home visiting the mother of one of the residents when she saw Haughton walk through the front door. She said she quickly left and contacted 911.
However, court records said the resident's mother hadn't been at that address for days, and a resident contradicted Perreira's account, saying that she hadn't been at the home for several months. The resident, who was not named in the court records, said Haughton hadn't been there either.
A day after the standoff, authorities ended up taking Haughton into custody at another home outside city limits.
Perreira was arrested weeks later on suspicion of filing a false report. She allegedly admitted to police she wasn't at the home that day, and said she told 911 she had been at the house because she thought she would be taken more seriously.
She also said she was told "third-hand" the suspect was there, court records said. However, police said the third party in question said she hadn't spoken to Perreira in several years and didn't know the murder suspect police were seeking.
The case against Perreira is pending. She's scheduled to be arraigned in court June 27.