By Bryan Lipiner
WALLINGFORD — A Manchester man faces charges after authorities say he falsely reported a robbery in October.
Raequen Dashawn Barber-Anderson, 22, of Manchester, was charged with providing a false statement and violation of a protective order. He was released after posting $75,000 bond.
On Oct. 10, Barber-Anderson reported he went to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 600 Northrop Road, to sell a cell phone to a buyer from Craigslist, Lt. Michael Colavolpe said in a statement.
Barber-Anderson said he met the buyer inside the hotel, but went into the buyer’s car to conduct the transaction, Colavolpe said. When he got inside the buyer’s vehicle, Barber-Anderson said the buyer pulled out a knife and then a gun and demanded his possessions. He reported giving the robber $300.
Barber-Anderson provided officers with a description of the buyer and the buyer’s license plate number. After speaking with the buyer and reviewing text messages exchanged, police determined Barber-Anderson was not robbed. Security footage and statements from Barber-Anderson’s girlfriend also refuted his robbery claim, police said.