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Charlottesville man accused of filing false police report to cover up earlier crime

A Charlottesville man has been charged with filing a false police report after investigators determined he was attempting to cover up his involvement in another crime.

This past Tuesday, Charlottesville police officers were dispatched to 2100 block of Michie Drive in the Meadow Creek Valley area. They said they were responding to what they thought was an armed robbery.

At the scene, Timothy Newton Jr., a 21-year-old Charlottesville resident, identified himself as the victim, police said.

"The reported victim stated he was robbed at gunpoint and his vehicle, wallet, and phone were stolen," according to a police department statement.

A "Be on the lookout," or BOLO, alert was issued to surrounding jurisdictions, and police officers in neighboring Albemarle County were able to locate Newton’s vehicle in the 700 block of Castle Court in a residential neighborhood behind Fashion Square mall north of Charlottesville.

After the vehicle was located, police determined that the same vehicle had previously been involved in a reported vehicle vandalism in the area.

"All occupants fled from the vehicle when a traffic stop was attempted," police said in their statement. "One person was detained with the vehicle and subsequently identified by the reported victim as one of the suspects who had robbed him. As a result, that person was taken into custody for the robbery."

After further investigation, though, it was determined that the alleged victim of the robbery had actually filed a false report in an attempt to cover up his involvement in the earlier vehicle vandalism.

As a result, police announced that "warrants on the person taken into custody for the robbery have been rescinded" and Newton had been arrested and charged with filing a false report.

An investigation into the vandalism is ongoing, police said.


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