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False report of strong-armed robbery leads to arrest

MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison police have arrested a man they say falsely reported a strong-armed robbery.

Darren F. DeLaOssa, 57, Madison, was arrested Thursday, and faces tentative charges of obstruction. He is not affiliated with UW-Madison, according to a news release.

UW-Madison Police Department were first told of a strong-arm robbery Wednesday that was reported to have occurred at the Lot 76 bus stop near the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

DeLaOssa told police that an unknown suspect approached and struck him, then ran off with his wallet and cell phone. The victim provided UWPD with a very detailed suspect description.

UWPD immediately started investigating – deploying a K9 team for tracking, talking to people nearby, and scouring through video evidence.

Because this crime met the threshold of a federally mandated community notification, a Crime Warning message was sent to the UW-Madison community to share information about the alleged incident.

As police investigated, it became clear that the robbery did not occur, and the person falsely reported the incident.

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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