Greendale - A 21-year-old Franklin man who walked into the Greendale Police Department to report he was the victim of a robbery is himself facing a charge of strong-armed robbery, among other charges.
The other party, a 26-year-old Greendale man, also is facing multiple charges, including robbery and drug-related allegations tied to the incident, which was reported at 1:55 a.m. Jan. 21.
According to the police report resulting from the subsequent investigation:
The Franklin man told police he picked up an unidentified man who flagged him down near Layton Avenue and Loomis Road and asked him for a ride home. When they got to the man's house in the 5300 block of Root River Drive, the passenger attacked him, punching him in the face, kneeing him and gouging at his eyes, the Franklin man claimed in a written statement. The man told police the subject then stole his cellphone and $80 before running into his residence.
When officers paid a visit to the Greendale man's resident to investigate, he told police that the alleged robbery victim had contacted him in order to buy 18 pills of Percocet for $120 and subsequently had driven drove to the Greendale man's residence, where the transaction was to take place.
But when he walked out to the car and leaned into the vehicle through the passenger side door, the Franklin man asked if he could examine the pills before buying them. The Greendale man complied, but then felt the car accelerate. He immediately jumped halfway into the moving vehicle in an attempt to get the pills back.
He admitted he hit the Franklin man while trying to get the pills, and he also told police he grabbed the steering wheel to try to take control of the vehicle.
During the struggle the pills fell out of the car. The Greendale man then grabbed the man's cellphone and one of his tennis shoes and threw both of them out the car window, climbed out of the vehicle and took both items back his home.
As a result of his statements, the Greendale man was arrested for robbery with use of force and for delivering a Schedule II narcotic. Both are felony charges.
Police called the Franklin man to tell him his property had been recovered. But when he came to the station, he was taken into custody and questioned. He admitted contacting the Greendale man and going to his house in order to purchase 10 Percocet pills for $140. He told police he paid him $80 for the pills and then tried to flee because he was short $60.
The Franklin man was arrested for strong-armed robbery by use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving/endangering safety, false swearing and a probation violation.
The police report also stated the Franklin man was under the influence of narcotics when he was taken into custody. When asked what he had taken, he told police he returned to the area of the incident after making his initial statement at the police station, found seven of the pills on the side of the road and ingested them.
After his arrest, the Franklin man told police he should have just reported the cellphone as stolen and used the insurance to replace it.