Police: Homeless man lied about robbery

Columbia County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Andrew Brown
Columbia County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Andrew Brown

LAKE CITY, Fla. – Police in Lake City arrested a man late Sunday night after they said he lied to law enforcement about a robbery that never happened.

Police were called to a report of an armed robbery at North Marion Avenue and Northeast Franklin Street about 11:45 p.m.

Andrew Brown, 19, called police using a false name to report "a robbery by knifepoint" and gave his own physical description as the suspect, who was "now fleeing north on Marion Avenue," according to the Lake City Police Department.

Investigators said they saw a person matching the description as given to police dispatch walking in the middle of North Marion Avenue and stopped him.

Brown told the officers he had just robbed a person at the corner of the intersection, police said. Investigators searched the area for the victim for more than 20 minutes, and Brown ended up changing his story, police said.

Investigators said Brown admitted he lied to police and that he did not rob anyone and just wanted to be arrested because he was homeless.

Brown was arrested on charges of fraud and false statements to law enforcement, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was being held in the Columbia County Detention Facility with bail set at $1,000.