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Police: 'Victim' Lied About Being Beaten, Robbed

A man who claimed that he had beaten and robbed at a Sunoco mini-mart at Warminster and County Line roads Tuesday afternoon, has been arrested for filing a false police report.

A man who initially appeared to have been a victim of a beating and robbery Tuesday has been arrested after Upper Moreland Police said the man fabricated the entire story. 

The man, who police have not named, had claimed that two Hispanic males between the ages of 18 and 20 had beat him and robbed him at the Sunoco mini-mart, located at Warminster and County Line roads in Upper Moreland, on the Hatboro border.

Following the report, police issued an alert on Nixle asking for help in locating the alleged suspects. K9 units and patrol officers from multiple jurisdictions assisted in the search for the suspects. As a result of the information provided by the man, two subjects were briefly detained and investigated. 

Police sent a followup alert out around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to notify people of the hoax. The man has been arrested for making a false report to the police and ethnic intimidation for blaming two Hispanic males for a fabricated crime. 

Tori April 17, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Knock down Lacey Park and build new homes and clean up Bucks Landing Apartments. Problem solved.
Mike April 17, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Amen to that, Sister!
Eric S April 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The story is a bit light on details. Was a weapon used, was it strong arm, was it intimidation? Anything on video? Was the victim young, old, male, female? But regardless of those missing facts, I hope these guys are caught. I'd rather hope the rob the wrong person and get shot but that means some poor guy/gal will be dragged through the legal system and have to prove they were in fear for their lives. As if being robbed doesn't imply you are in danger.
Dolores Forget April 17, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Who was robbed -- the Mini Mart, a patron or both?
J.R. sr April 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Maybe it wasn't actually a robbery, non English speaking "immigrants" might have been trying to perform and actual transaction with a different variety of non English speaking "immigrants", but there was a bit of a language barrier....... If you want to find them, just stake out the Walmart at street and Jacksonville roads, and you can have your pick......
David Burke April 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Or maybe the victim lied and was just arrested. The shame here is that Tori and Mike will re-call this incident in a few months only to fuel their hatred, not remembering a "victim" lied. Will you be so quick to run down the victim too. Guess we have to wait for a description.
R. Klein April 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Everything was fine here. Wide open spaces. Just Lacey Park and fields. Then the Rich People In the New Homes came in and wrecked everything.
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Hi everyone, Thanks for your comments. It appears that the entire report of the robbery was fabricated and the individual who made the report has been arrested. The story has been updated.
Eric S April 18, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Geez, what's wrong with some people?? How can your mind be so messed up that faking such a crime makes sense? I'm figuring he blew a bunch of money and had to come up with a cover story instead of manning up and admitting his flaw. But at least it helps diminish the growing perception that Warminster is going downhill fast. Sorta.
Eric S April 18, 2012 at 02:49 AM
You seem to be alledging that a couple of posters may be acting from a racist mindset. Are they incorrect that certain areas of Warminster are serious trouble spots, and that those areas tend to have a high minority population? Myself, I don't automatically assume an immigrant is guilty of anything and a criminal by nature but at the same time the facts are present....a percentage of immigrants are responsible for a percentage of crime higher than their representative percentage within the general population. There is a reason people are quick to look at these populations with speculation. The real shame here is that many of these immigrants are good people trying to make a better life for themselves. And it's a pity they fear informing police of what they know. Retribution will follow.
John Locke April 18, 2012 at 03:41 AM
How did they find out it was fabricated?
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM
John, I don't know. Police did not release those specifics - at least not yet. I'll see if I can find out more.
Longtime Resident April 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Eric S Didnt you read the article???? It was a male and the crime did not happen... He filed a false police report. "A man who initially appeared to have been a victim of a beating and robbery Tuesday has been arrested after Upper Moreland Police said the man fabricated the entire story. "
Tori April 18, 2012 at 02:01 PM
David Burke, how am I spreading hatred by saying knock down run down crappy buildings and clean up an apartment building that obviously has a drug problem? Have you ever read the revierws of Bucks Landing apartments? Let me cut and paste one for your reading pleasure: What a tragedy this complex is. Murders, rape, stabbings, and crime. More than enough illegal immigrants. Terrible parking, commercial vehicles, loud music all hours of the night, fights in spanish all the time. Roaches and fleas. And with the addition of a brand new police substation, we are supposed to feel better about this place? Not a chance. The management team that is here is HORRIBLE. The poor girls in the office have to deal with all the bs. from the tenants, and the rediculous demands of the corporation. The corporate entity that owns this dump has yet to respond to ANY of my calls, and I was recently informed by the head of the staff here that "corporate won't do anything" about my complaints. I hate living here, and when I turned in my notice to vacate, they conveniently "lost" it. A word to the wise, avoid this place. Bottom line. http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&gbv=2&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=bucks+landing+apartments&fb=1&gl=us&hq=bucks+landing+apartments&hnear=0x89c6b7d8d4b54beb:0x89f514d88c3e58c1,Philadelphia,+PA&cid=12236910669885473916
Eric S April 18, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Longtime Resident.....didn't you read all the comments, or take note of the time when I wrote my comment? It was before we knew the story was a lie. You may also have missed the original story.
Eric S April 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Border Wars....your source of reference is Border Wars? Do you figure the methods used in CSI Miami are how they solve a crime in an hour too? And that a car can jump a river and keep going because they do it on Dukes of Hazzard? I understand your frustration but to blame an entire population, ethnic group or race for a majority of the crime is plain old hateful. Use your head and think for yourself. Blame those responsible, not everyone. You have concerns about the crime in your town. When was the last time you got a group of neighbors together and attended a council meeting to voice those concerns? Yeah, yeah, I know...it's easier to complain than actually do something.
Eric S April 18, 2012 at 04:49 PM
@ R. Klein......the rich people wrecked everything?? Dear Lord, I can't wait to hear this reasoning. Please explain.
Eric S April 19, 2012 at 07:26 PM
@ Peter.....now there's something we can agree upon!
Eric S April 19, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Pete, walking the dog isn't doing something. It does nothing to bring your concerns for your town to those who make the decisions for your town. While I fully understand the sentiment, announcing your plan to not call 911 can lead to a bigger problem down the road. Let's just say one day you come across a crime in progress and take action against it. You shoot, stab or beat someone. Later it's found you made a claim about not calling 911....and a DA looking to hang a citizen isn't beyond reality....and that fact is used to assert you didn't intend to use the law to solve your problem. A DA may attempt to make it look like you went looking for a fight and found one. You may well have had to take action before you were able to call 911 and had a lawful reason to take an action. You may well be found innocent of any crime or charge, but you'll still be paying a lawyer's bill and associated costs of defense because of a misspoken statement. I'm not trying to be a jerk about this but I have studied the laws surrounding this issue, I tend to be armed and felt a responsibility to understand the laws and consequences of an action. A simple statement like yours can, has and does cause problems.
Char May 22, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Seriously! Warminster needs the revenue from the Park. If you don't believe me check out any election time..the polititions are all over this place! I would rather live in the Park then anywhere. I grew up in Warrington and love the park.

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