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False report of armed robbery lands clerk in jail

Posted: May 17, 2012 4:04 p.m.
Updated: May 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Steven Paul Barnett

A Kershaw County man’s attempt to gain sympathy from his ex-girlfriend by claiming he was robbed and cut by an attacker has resulted in his own arrest by the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

Steven Paul Barnett, 33, of Old Stagecoach Road, was charged with Filing a False Police Report/Felony after calling 911 Tuesday to report a man had attempted to rob him and cut him on the face while he was working at a Lockhart Road store near the Lancaster County line, according to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews.

KCSO deputies responded to the scene, along with a team of investigators and the bloodhound team. As officers spoke with Barnett, he began to change his story, including the description of his assailant, Matthews said.

“Investigators quickly determined that Barnett was not telling the truth and questioned him about the veracity of his story,” Matthews reported. “Barnett maintained that he was telling the truth until investigators advised him that he would be given a polygraph test. At that time he admitted that he had made up the story.”

Barnett said he fabricated the story and cut himself on the face with a box cutter in order to gain sympathy from his ex-girlfriend, Matthews said. According to the store owner, Barnett had done similar things before in order to gain attention.

The sheriff said Barnett has an arrest record dating back to 1996 including charges for petty larceny, burglary 3rd offense, attempted escape, malicious injury to personal property, making implements to be used in a crime and forgery.

He is being held at the Kershaw County Detention Center.


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