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Newport Police arrested a man who said he was robbed for making a false report due to new video evidence discrediting his story.

Thomas Lawrence Yuma, 68, of Newport, said he was robbed with a knife to his throat 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Newport Starbucks. Yuma told police John Thomas Bradford demanded his money and gave it to him.

Investigators looked at video evidence that was not available the day of the incident which “discredited Yuma’s report he had been robbed at knifepoint.”

John Thomas Bradford was freed Monday, July 26, having all charges dismissed by the Lincoln County District Attorney after receiving the new evidence from Newport Police.

Newport officers located Yuma Tuesday, July 27, and arrested him for filing a false report.

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