BAYSIDE — Police say there are "inconsistencies" with a woman's report that she was assaulted and had her dog stolen while walking in a Queens Park, after surveillance footage showed that she and her pet were not at the place she claimed the incident happened.
Lora Panossian, a 29-year-old Bayside woman, told police she had been walking her cocker spaniel, Ginger, through a trail in Crocheron Park at 10 p.m. on Saturday, when she was approached by two men who punched her in the stomach and took off with her pet.
The dog was later found dead in a pond nearby.
But when police looked through surveillance footage of the place and time of the alleged robbery, investigators couldn't find Panossian or Ginger anywhere in sight, sources said.
In addition, when police interviewed Panossian regarding the incident, she was unable to provide any physical description of her attackers, even though she claimed that they had stopped to talk to her and to pet the pup, sources said.
Panossian had previously told DNAinfo that she hadn't gotten a good look at the men because it was dark, and the assault happened so quickly.
She did not return several calls for comment following her initial interview on Tuesday.
Ginger's body was discovered in a pond in the park on Monday afternoon. Parks employees removed the dog from the water and called police before disposing of the body. Panossian identified Ginger through photos that were taken of her remains, according to a Parks spokeswoman.
Police will try to speak with Panossian again regarding the incident, sources said.