The Sophie Webster actress was wrongly identified by a petrol station worker as a screaming woman who was mugged, slapped and bundled in a car by an unknown man, The Mirror reports.
The witness, who had served Vincent several times at Gorton in Manchester, was convinced the soap star had been kidnapped before calling 999.
"Brooke was happy to put the record straight that it wasn't her. Police have to be careful in these cases," a source said.
"The attacker is often a boyfriend or husband and the victim can be too scared to tell the truth," the insider added.
Meanwhile, police - who now believe the crime was a domestic assault - have confirmed that they questioned Vincent last Thursday.
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