Two arrested after lying to police about false robbery
POSTED: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 10:01am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:25am
KETK Newsroom — Two men were arrested late Sunday afternoon after Tyler police say they made a false report of a robbery.
Police say just after 4:00 p.m. Sunday, they received a call of robbery. The caller told them he and another victim had been beaten and then robbed at gun point by three men who then ran into a wooded area near the Valero gas station in 400 block of Loop 323.
Multiple officers responded to the scene, setting up a perimeter around the wooded area.
Both victims had multiple cuts, bruises, and abrasions on their faces and arms. The victims reported that their money and drivers licenses were stolen, as well as a vial containing 60 Xanax pills which were recently obtained by prescription.
A K9 unit attempted to track the robbers through the woods, but found no sign of them or anyone having passed through the wooded area.
The victims were interviewed at the scene and gave sworn statements. They found numerous inconsistencies with in the victims statements.
During the course of the investigation it was found that both of the complainants had fabricated the entire story of the robbery in order to obtain a Police Report stating that the prescription for Xanax had been stolen.
This was done so that a new prescription for Xanax could be fraudulently obtained from a physician.
Both Landon Brown and Stephen Woldt admitted to making up the entire story in in order to obtain more Xanax.
The wounds that officers had observed on them had occurred during a traffic wreck the previous day.
They both were arrested and face several charges including False Report to a Peace Officer.