Friend's 'bad advice' ends with woman in trouble with police

Friend's 'bad advice' ends with woman in trouble with police

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman who claimed a man robbed her at gunpoint ended up being the one in trouble with police.

Melissa Elizabeth Tevlin, 40, of Jonesboro told police a man robbed her outside her apartment in the 700-block of Gladiolus Drive early Saturday morning.

According to the initial incident report, the man stole $250 from Tevlin but left his cell phone behind.

Police identified the suspect by a photo on the phone.

On Sunday, the named suspect appeared at the police station and told a detective on the case that he had not stolen the money.

Instead, he reportedly said Tevlin gave him the money "to buy weed."

The man told the detective "he could only speculate that maybe she was not satisfied with the quality of the product."

When the detective contacted Tevlin she reportedly said she did not really get robbed.

She reportedly said the man took the money and "never returned with the marijuana."

Tevlin told the detective she did not know why she filed the report "other than she received bad advice from a friend."

The detective cited Tevlin with filing a false report to a law enforcement agency, with a May 2 district court appearance.

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