19-year-old admits lying to police about being strangled by strangers

December 4, 2013 

— A Boise man who told Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies he had been assaulted and strangled by strangers was charged with filing a false police report Tuesday.

Shawn Victor Sheltra, 19, told deputies his attackers had come up behind him as he walked on a path near Five Mile Road. They choked him with an electrical cord around his neck and knocked him unconscious, he said.

He admitted later that night that he made the story up in an attempt to get back together with an ex-girlfriend.

A passerby called dispatchers at about 5 p.m. to report a man lying near Five Mile Road and West Bigwood Drive, seemingly unconscious with a cord around his neck. Several people stopped to help Sheltra, and deputies arrived to find him sitting on the ground, surrounded by concerned people and covered with a blanket.

Sheltra said he woke up with the cord around his neck and the words “your next.”

The sheriff’s office shut down a portion of Five Mile Road during rush hour to investigate the crime scene and assigned 19 deputies to the case. Sheltra was taken to a local hospital.

But doctors did not find injuries to suggest that Sheltra had been attacked or choked. When questioned, he told detectives several different versions of what happened before finally admitting he had made it up at 8 p.m.

He also told police he had written the words on his own stomach several days earlier after watching the movie “You’re Next.”

Sheltra was arrested Tuesday night and charged with a misdemeanor for filing a false police report. If found guilty, he could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

He remains in the Ada County Jail.

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