Police: Man made up story of being robbed of money, phone
Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:11 p.m.
Police arrested a parking lot attendant Thursday night after they say he made up a story about a robbery after losing his employer’s money.
On Nov. 9, the Gainesville Police Department responded at 8 a.m. to the house of Julian Childers, 30, of 3415 SW 39th Blvd. Apt. 922, in reference to a delayed report of a strong armed robbery, the police report said.
Childers told police that sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 2:45 a.m., he was walking southbound in the 1900 block of Southwest 34th Street when he heard a male voice calling him. When he turned around, Childers said he saw three men wearing all black, the report said.
Childers did not recognize them and kept walking, but one of the men grabbed him around the neck and choked him, he told police. Childers said he blacked out and that when he regained consciousness, he was in the grass between the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center and Southwest 20th Avenue, the report said.
He checked his pockets and found he was missing $200 of his employer’s money, $50 of his personal cash and his cellphone. Childers also told police he knew the six-hour time delay looked bad, but he was scared of reporting the crime, the report said.
On Thursday, when police confronted him with inconsistencies in his story, he told officers he had made the whole thing up, police reported. He had left the missing items in an unknown hotel room where he had partied with two women and smoked marijuana, the report said.
Childers’ employer told police he had called her before calling the police and told her someone had robbed him, but he called her using the cellphone that had been reported stolen, police said.
She told him he was responsible for the $200 and an additional $400 he had that also belonged to her unless he filed a police report, police said.
He was charged with grand theft and filing a false police report. He also was charged by the University of Florida Police Department with swindling an innkeeper after he failed to pay $813 to the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center for two days of lodging, food and accommodations he had used in September.
He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $15,000 bond.