PEEKSKILL, NY -- A city man who made up a story about being attacked has been charged with reporting a false incident by Peekskill Police.
Carlos Tepan, 43, of Peekskill was arrested on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. and charged with falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, at police headquarters by Police Officer Fabian Gonzalez
Tepan initially told police on Oct. 5 that he had been assaulted, suffered a broken nose and then was robbed by three black men while on the 400 block of Central Avenue. Police spokesman Lt. Eric Johansen said that Tepan had come to police headquarters intoxicated and injured and said he had been jumped by three black males who then stole property from him.
An investigation by Gonzalez and Detective Marcos Martinez raised more questions than answers and the officers eventually confronted Tepan about his story.
"There were inconsistencies in the story, and he then admitted he had made the story up," Johansen said.
Tepan admitted that he fabricated the assault and robbery in order to protect his friend who had assaulted him while the two were drinking at a party on Paulding Street, Johansen said.
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