Highway Holdup Was A Hoax

Date posted - February 23, 2012

The highway holdup west of Larchwood? The man who presented himself as the victim in the case made the whole thing up.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that 25-year-old Aaron Abels was arrested and charged with two counts on false reporting, both serious misdemeanors.

The story was that Abels’ debit card was stolen in a roadside robbery near Larchwood in the wee hours Monday.

The story that Abels made up was that he was five and a half miles west of the south side of Larchwood, eastbound on A18 when he approached a dark red Ford SUV with its hazard lights activated. He said that the SUV had no license plates on it but did have a paper plate in the rear window. A female subject was standing behind the SUV waving for Abels to stop, according to Abels.

He said he did stop and asked what the problem was. He reported that a male subject then came from behind Abels’ vehicle and approached the drivers window where he took Abels’ debit card. The male and female then entered the Ford SUV and left the scene, he said.

Abels confessed to making the story up. He bonded out Tuesday night (2/21) after posting a one thousand dollar cash bond.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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