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Alleged Robbery Victim Charged with False Reporting

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Right now, a Columbia man who claimed he was thrown out of his wheelchair and mugged is behind bars himself. Police say he was only pretending to be disabled to stay out of prison. A folded up wheelchair sits unattended in front of the home on East Valley Street. The owner, 29 year old Nathan Donovan, isn't home because he's inside the Maury County Jail.

Columbia Police surveillance footage proves Donovan can walk, but why would anyone pretend to need a wheelchair? Detective Jason Sanders says maybe to stay out of prison.

So how did the authorities find out Donovan wasn't paralyzed? Detectives with the Columbia Police Department say this unusual story started on the corner of Dalton and East 9th Street. Neighbors tell FOX17 they called officers after they found Donovan lying in the street and screaming for help Sunday night. Donovan filed a police report claiming he was heading to a convenience store when he was mugged by a man he couldn't describe, who stole $5 and some oxycodone pills. The convenience store isn't wheelchair accessible. Eventually investigators doubled back and found Donovan walking around his front yard.

Of course with this proof, his chances of staying out aren't looking too good. Police say Donovan is being held at the Maury County Jail where he's awaiting a November 5 hearing to determine his custody status.

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