UPDATE: Reported Merrifield Area Abduction Is Phony

Detectives say the report of an abduction in the area of Gallows Road and Arlington Boulevard late Monday, September 12, was false.

Investigators say they have determined the incident appears to be domestic in nature and the victim and suspect were known to each other.

A 26-year-old woman had told police she was walking along Arlington Boulevard at around 11 p.m. when a white van pulled up next to her. She says a man grabbed her, pulled her inside the vehicle and headed eastbound on Arlington Boulevard.

The woman told police that as she tried to escape from three men that were inside the van, they pushed her out of the vehicle near the intersection of Fairfax Boulevard and Chain Bridge Road.

Police continue to investigate to determine exactly where the assault took place and whether charges are appropriate.