Alleged robbery victim arrested

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

SALTILLO – A man who claimed to have been robbed and kidnapped earlier this week while in Saltillo has been arrested for falsifying a police report.

James Harden, 19, of Fulton was released on a $1,000 bond after he was arrested by Saltillo police.

Chief Steve Brooks said Harden’s story that three men beat him after he left work at the Sonic Drive-in on Tuesday, put him in his car and drove to Itawamba County was not accurate.

“We used a lot of manpower on this case trying to find suspects and get them arrested, so to find out the story was not true was upsetting,” said Brooks. “I had three officers assigned to dealing with this case. He should have told the truth and saved everyone some time.”

The three men arrested for the reported crime were jailed Wednesday in Itawamba County. The three men were nabbed by police shortly after a pursuit that ended in Peppertown when the men allegedly ran into the woods.

It is unclear at this time what charges the three men will face in Itawamba County, but Sheriff Chris Dickinson said charges will stem from the chase. Their names have not been released at this time.

Brooks said Harden and the three men knew each other.

Falsifying a police report is a misdemeanor and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

danza.johnson@journalinc.com