Citrus County deputies say a man faked being robbed at knifepoint because he was having a tough time

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla - Citrus County deputies say a man faked being robbed at knifepoint because he was having a 'tough time" in life.

Robert Lee Wheeler, of 37 S. Jeffrey Street, in Beverly Hills, is charged with filing a false police report.

The 25-year-old reportedly called deputies to the Circle K gas station in Floral City back on September 18.  When deputies arrived, Wheeler claimed a man attempted to rob him of his wallet at knifepoint and that the assailant tried to stab him.

Deputies say Wheeler also worked with a sketch artist to create a composite of the suspect.

On October 10, Wheeler went to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office for a follow up interview. During the interview, Wheeler told detectives he lied about the crime occurring because he was having a 'tough time' in his life.

Wheeler was arrested and taken to the Citrus County Jail.

He was given a $500 bond.

 

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