The suspect, Ashley L. Cross, 22, of 1009 Myrtle St., initially told police her car was hit while shopping inside Kroger, 1664 East Stone Dr. But when an officer reviewed surveillance footage he allegedly saw the woman enter the parking lot with the damage, then another individual arrive to place mangled parts around her vehicle.
A Kingsport police incident report says an officer was dispatched to Kroger at 10:56 a.m. Cross relayed she came out of the store to find her 2004 Chrysler Sebring had been hit.
The officer, who observed parts of the bumper on the ground in front of the vehicle, reportedly asked Cross if she was sure the accident had occurred in the parking lot. She allegedly replied she was "positive."
When finished taking the woman's info and she had left the scene, the officer entered the grocery store to review surveillance footage. It allegedly revealed that Cross arrived to the parking lot with the damage, then entered the store.
"Minutes later I observed a truck pull up to the Chrysler and I observed a man get out and kneel next to the front of her vehicle," reads the officers report. "The male then got up and went into Krogers and seconds later both the male and Ms. Cross walked back to her car."
The officer then contacted Cross and met her at an East Stone Drive business. After relaying what the video revealed, she allegedly admitted to staging the alleged hit-and-run.
"Ms. Cross stated that she had hit a wood pile that was close to her house and she stated she panicked," says the report."Ms. Cross stated she went to Krogers and had her friend come by and place the damaged bumper parts under her car, that way it would look like the accident happened at Kroger's."
Cross was arrested and charged with filing a false police report. Her arrest report made no further mention of the man that allegedly aided in the incident.