KISSIMMEE — First, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives say, a 19-year-old called the sheriff’s office to complain that he’d been robbed — while he was attempting to buy marijuana.
He ended up in the Osceola County Jail after detectives say Daniel Thomas Sims started making contradictory statements about the alleged robbery, leading detectives to conclude that Sims had made up the entire story. He got charged him with filing a false report, and attempted purchase of cannabis — not a good night for him at all.
It happened on Wednesday, June 13 around 1:38 a.m., when deputies say Sims called the sheriff’s office from the Studio 6 Extended Stay Hotel at 5733 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (U.S. 192) in Kissimmee.
Deputies say Sims told them he was outside his room when he was approached by a woman he didn’t know, who asked him if he wanted to buy some marijuana.
Sims indicated to deputies that, yes, he did like that idea, so he arranged to meet her at a nearby restaurant to make the purchase.
But the sale didn’t do down as smoothly as he’d hoped, the teen told detectives, according to the arrest report.
“He told detectives when he arrived two unknown males attacked him and stole his wallet and cell phone,” said Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the case.
But as deputies pressed Sims on the details of this alleged robbery, his story got more and more confusing and contradictory, Lizasuain added.
“Sims’ statement changed several times during the investigation,” she said.
Detectives did a search of Sims’ motel room, and discovered the wallet that he told them had been stolen.
“Detectives located his wallet in his room,” Lizasuain said, adding that when he got confronted with this evidence, the teen suddenly stopped talking.
“Sims refused to cooperate any further with the investigation,” she said.
It no longer mattered. At that point, he was charged with filing the false report and admitting to trying to buy marijuana.
“Based on his earlier statements and information obtained during the investigation, Sims was arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail,” Lizasuain said.
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