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Man faces charge after bad drug deal
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A man who claimed he was robbed in a parking lot has been charged with filing a false report after police learned he wasn’t telling the whole story.The suspect, Barry Harold Austin, 54, was bound to the grand jury by Judge Bill Locke on the charge of filing a false report. The crime is a Class C felony punishable by three to six years in prison if he is convicted.His charges come after he called police to report he had been robbed in a public parking lot off South Chancery Street.“In his statement he gave to responding officers, he stated that during a chance meeting with two persons, one of which was known to him as Keith, he was robbed at knife-point of an unspecified amount of money,” said McMinnville police detective Tony Jenkins in his warrant against Austin.The suspect went on to say that he suffered a cut on his hand during the robbery. The report prompted lawmen to begin an investigation.