A Valparaiso resident was arrested Sunday on a charge of false reporting
after Valparaiso Police said that he manufactured a story of being robbed at
Charged with false informing, a Class A misdemeanor, was Ted Russell, 33, of
414 Glendale Blvd.
According to police, at 3:30 p.m. Russell called 911 to report that he had
just been robbed in the 300 block of West Street, while walking from his
residence to a family birthday party at the Burger King on U.S. Highway 30.
Russell advised that two younger white male subjects exited a vehicle on
West Street, pointed a handgun at his chest, and demanded money, police
said. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspects.
Investigators, however, subsequently “learned of inconsistencies regarding
the incident,” police said, and Russell admitted that he was not in fact
robbed but had actually made up the story so as to avoid repaying a relative
to whom he owed money.
Russell was transported to Porter County Jail.