‘False report’: Knife robbery at Starbucks didn’t happen


Thomas Yuma, 68, arrested for filing a false report

A Newport police patrol car, as seen on their website, October 19, 2020

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 68-year-old man who told Newport police he had just been robbed at knifepoint at a Starbucks was charged Tuesday for filing a false report, and the charges against the original man arrested were dropped.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Thomas Lawrence Yuma told police John Thomas Bradford held a knife to his throat and demanded money. Police and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office rushed to the shop, found Bradford and arrested him.

But investigators were later able to check the surveillance video which “discredited Yuma’s report,” Newport police said Tuesday. That’s when charges against Bradford were dismissed and Yuma was arrested.

Further details about the incident are not available at this time.

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