View Mobile Site

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.

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.

Interested in viewing premium content?

A subscription is required before viewing this article and other premium content.

Already a registered member and have a subscription?

If you have already purchased a subscription, please log in to view the full article.

Are you registered, but do not have a subscription?

If you are a registed user and would like to purchase a subscription, log in to view a list of available subscriptions.

Interested in becoming a registered member and purchasing a subscription?

Join our community today by registering for a FREE account. Once you have registered for a FREE account, click SUBSCRIBE NOW to purchase access to premium content.

Membership Benefits

  • Instant access to creating Blogs, Photo Albums, and Event listings.
  • Email alerts with the latest news.
  • Access to commenting on articles.

Contents of this site are © Copyright 2014 Chronicle Independent All rights reserved. Privacy policy and Terms of service

Powered by
Morris Technology
Please wait ...