Report: Todd changes her account of ATM attack

Police continue to question a McCain campaign volunteer who claimed a mugger carved a "B" into her face because of her politics.

Published October 24, 2008 4:45PM (EDT)

The Associated Press now has additional details about what Ashley Todd has been telling Pittsburgh police as they continue to question her.

Todd, a 20-year-old volunteer with the McCain campaign, had said that she was mugged at an ATM Wednesday night, and that when her attacker saw her McCain-Palin bumper sticker he became enraged, beating her and then carving the letter "B" into her cheek. But as investigators have reinterviewed her, and given her a polygraph examination, her story has reportedly changed.

The AP says Todd is now telling police that she was unconscious at the time her assailant allegedly cut her face, and that she doesn't remember it happening. She discovered the wound later, she now says.

Additionally, according to Pittsburgh police, surveillance footage at the ATM where Todd says the attack occurred doesn't show her there.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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