Posted: Feb 21, 2013 6:17 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2013 10:45 PM
LA FERIA - Police on Thursday arrested a man on charges of filing a false police report.
Officials said Jesus Mata Jr. fabricated a story about a robbery to avoid telling his wife he spent their $1,000 tax return at a strip bar.
Mata on Wednesday told police he was robbed at gunpoint at 3 a.m. at an intersection in La Feria. He said six men in two trucks boxed in his car and took his money.
La Feria Police Chief Don Garcia said his department may go after Mata with charges other than the misdemeanor he faces.
"We followed a wild goose chase and ended up with no one. We followed a couple of leads that led us nowhere," Garcia said.
Garcia said he alerted law enforcement agencies throughout the Valley about the supposed suspects.
He said the case became a priority for his department.
"Our main priority was to take care of the citizens of La Feria," Garcia said.
Garcia said the investigation revealed inconsistencies in Mata's story.
Mata was called back for a follow up interview and he eventually confessed that he fabricated the entire incident.
"I started drinking some Bud Lights and I got a couple of lap dances. ... I was there until they closed at 2 a.m.," Mata's confession stated.
Mata told police he called a coworker who alerted their boss about the supposed robbery. The boss called La Feria police.
Bond for Mata was set at $10,000.