Man Reports Being Robbed, Gets Arrested

A man found himself arrested for a felony warrant after reporting himself as a victim of a robbery at the Sale Barn early Friday morning.

At around 7:25 a.m. on Friday, January 25 Hope Police Officers and Hempstead County Deputies were dispatched to Highway 67 east of town after a caller at the Hope Livestock Auction reported being robbed.

According to Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton, Roman McVey, 55, reported being robbed and attacked by a black male, described as 5’6”-5’7” tall, between 140-150 pounds, wearing brown pants and a black hooded jacket.

Police officers canvased the area on the east end of town attempting to locate anyone matching the description while Deputies checked outside of the city limits and made contact with McVey. No one matching the description was located and no one officers made contact with reported seeing anyone matching the description.

According to the Sheriff, when deputies made with McVey, who reportedly appeared short of breath, unsteady and was difficult to understand due to slurred speech, he told them he had been asleep in the office of Hope Livestock Auction when the suspect entered the office area and jumped on him. McVey reportedly said the suspect robbed him of $300 after jumping him and told him to enter the bathroom and began hitting him when he refused.

Deputies reported McVey showed no visible marks or injuries and refused any medical care and that there was no evidence found of the reported robbery.

Sheriff Singleton said McVey was placed under arrest during the investigation when it was discovered he had an active felony warrant with Hempstead County for failure to appear. McVey was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Center and is awaiting his first court appearance.

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