The Bellevue City Attorney’s Office charged the 31-year-old woman alleged to have falsely accused Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch of assaulting her back in August with misdemeanor false statement to a public servant on Thursday.
Police believe evidence exists against Jammie Ficarelli of Everett to charge her with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, which is a gross misdemeanor. Lynch had been cleared of the allegations early on in the investigation.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Ficarelli had been drinking excessively at the Blue Martini in downtown Bellevue on Aug. 9, later ending up outside The Bravern apartment complex. She saw a man emerge from a vehicle in the valet area of The Bravern whom she identified as Lynch.
She told investigators she was invited into the man’s apartment for drinks, which later resulted in a confrontation. She claimed she used a racial slur against the man she believed to be Lynch and was assaulted, including being punched in the face.
The two left the apartment, according to Ficarelli’s statement to the BPD, and she chased the man she thought to be Lynch around the complex because of damage caused to her Louis Vuitton purse. The man got away from her, she told police, and she took a taxi home.
Results of the police investigation revealed the man she joined for drinks at The Bravern was not the Seahawks running back, whom investigators confirmed had entered his room at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel, where other Seattle players were staying, around 11 p.m. and never left.
The resident of The Bravern who had invited Ficarelli into his apartment was interviewed by police, stating she consumed several drinks there and was asked to leave due to her erratic mood swings, the report states. The man told police at no time did he identify himself as Lynch.
A Bravern security guard on duty the night of the incident identified the resident as a black male, 5-feet-11-inches tall, with a medium build and long, black dreadlocks. He also reported seeing the resident attempting to get away from Ficarelli around 5:30 a.m. Aug. 10.
Ficarelli was asked to leave the premises, and is alleged to have fallen down outside the complex, the right side of her face striking the paved walkway. During her report to police, a detective documented a red mark under her right eye, chipped front tooth, scratch to her right hand and other signs of bruising.
A Bellevue Police detective would later review surveillance footage from The Bravern and identify Ficarelli as a woman he witnessed walking southbound on 110th Avenue Northeast around 6:20 a.m. Aug. 10, noting she appeared to be “very intoxicated,” according to the report.
It is now up to the city attorney to make a decision whether to charge Ficarelli for allegedly making the false report. On Aug. 21, the report states Ficarelli refused to answer police questions because she intended to retain an attorney and sue Lynch.
Probable Cause Affidavit