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Cops: Blackwood Woman Fabricated Armed Robbery Because She Was Late On Rent

By Steve Beck

BLACKWOOD, N.J. (CBS) -- A South Jersey woman fabricated a story about an armed robbery because she was late on her rent, police said.

Tonya Brown, 44, is facing charges for her actions that occurred Wednesday in the 400 block of South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, New Jersey.

According to investigators, Brown called 911 and reported that she was just robbed by a black male who was armed with a handgun.

When officers arrived, Brown told them that two black males in a maroon-colored vehicle approached her and asked for directions.

Brown told police that the male passenger pulled out a handgun and demanded her wallet, which she said contained $700 in cash.

Police then searched the area, but were unable to locate the car Brown described or anyone matching the suspects Brown said robbed her.

Brown was taken to the Gloucester Township Police Department for an interview. During her interview, police said several inconsistencies emerged and Brown eventually recanted her story.

Investigators say it was determined that Brown fabricated the armed robbery because she was late on her rent.

Brown was charged with Filing a False Police Report and was taken to the Camden County Correctional Facility in default of $1,000 bail.

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