False robbery report leads to man's arrest, police say


Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 10:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

A Gainesville man who told police he had been robbed was arrested for filing a false report Monday night after police say he admitted his wallet had been stolen when he was trying to buy marijuana.

Jesse Johnson, 29, of 1130 SW 16th Ave., Apt. 76, and his brother approached a Gainesville Police Department patrol car at 10:41 p.m. and told them he had been robbed 10 minutes before in the parking lot of the Days Inn on Southwest 13th Street, the police report said.

Johnson said two black men wearing handkerchiefs on their faces threatened him with a knife and took his wallet, the report said.

Police set up a perimeter and called in a K-9 unit to search the area.

A security guard at the Days Inn told police he had not seen any men in the area matching the culprits’ descriptions and that the only suspicious people in the area were Johnson and his brother, the report said. He said he had been watching the two for about 30 minutes before police arrived.

Police said Johnson then told them he was walking to buy marijuana at the nearby Holiday Gardens Apartments and that while he passed through the Days Inn parking lot, two men had robbed him with a knife, the report said.

Then Johnson told police he was supposed to meet a man in a parking lot in the 1200 block of Southwest 16th Avenue at 10 p.m. to buy marijuana. He said that when he got to the parking lot, two men were waiting for him. When he pulled out his wallet to get the money, the men grabbed his wallet and ran away, according to the police report.

Johnson said he walked back to his apartment at Frederick Gardens to meet his brother, and they both went to meet the authorities, the report said.

Police said Johnson told them, “I was just scared, and I did not know what to do.”

No suspects matching the description were found in the area, the report said.

Johnson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report. He was being held Tuesday at the Alachua County jail.

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