According to police, the suspect dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that he had been robbed at gunpoint.
Police officers from Morristown and Morris Township responded to the call.
The officers arrived in the area of Abbett Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue, the scene of the alleged robbery. Based on a description provided during the 911 call, police detained a 25-year-old man from Victory Gardens, NJ. However, the officers were unable to locate the alleged victim.
While the investigation continued, officers noticed another man talking on a cell phone while he walked on Ridgedale Avenue. The officers became suspicious when they saw the same man in the area a short time later.
The man initially denied any knowledge of the robbery report. However, an investigating officer believed that the man had probably placed the 911 call.
Police eventually determined that there had been no robbery. It is believed that the suspect got into a verbal disagreement with the Victory Gardens man a short time before making the 911 call.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with creating a false public alarm. He was later released on his recognizance.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Man Charged with Falsely Reporting Armed Robbery in Morristown.”