College Station McCain Volunteer Says Bumpersticker Prompted Assault

By: Ashlea Sigman, Associated Press, KBTX Staff Email
By: Ashlea Sigman, Associated Press, KBTX Staff Email

Police say they did not take the photo of Ashley Todd that is gaining internet notoriety. The photo depicts a 20-something female with bruises under her eyes, and a red "B" on the right side of her face.

Todd claims she was withdrawing money Wednesday night at a Pennsylvania ATM, when a man put a knife to her throat and demanded money.

Todd told Pittsburgh police that she gave the robber $60. She says the man then noticed her McCain bumper sticker, punched her in the back of the head, knocked her down, and carved a "B" in the side of her face.

On her blog, Ashley Todd says she is Texas A&M student working as a New York field representative for the College Republicans.

Thursday night Aggies were shocked at the news.

"Especially for an Aggie, that's not ok with me," said student Rebecca Halbert. "I'm speaking for all the Aggies, we're not going to tolerate that."

While many people expressed sympathy online, just as many were voicing doubt about Todd's story.

Pittsburgh Police say Todd refused medical treatment. A MySpace page linked to a 23-year-old Ashley Todd of College Station says "lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off."

"If it's a hoax then that's really desperate, but I really don't think that it is," said Halbert.

"Why would anyone do that," asked another student.

Whatever happened Wednesday night was out of view of the ATM's surveillance cameras. Which means for now there are more questions than answers.

Pittsburg Police say the suspect is a 6'4" black man, weighing 200 lbs.

Ashley Todd is a member of the Brazos County Young Republicans. The group's president would not comment.

News 3 spoke with a representative of the McCain campaign who said both Sara Palin and John McCain called Todd Thursday to check on her.

Update:

Inconsistencies have arisen in the case and Todd now says she was sexually assaulted and is not sure if her alleged attacker saw a McCain bumper sticker or a McCain button that she was wearing. Texas A&M officials say Todd has never been enrolled at the university.


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