Bristol police arrest Providence man after staging robbery

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Police were called to a home on Michael Drive last Friday for a reported robbery that turned out to be just a tall tale.

The alleged victim, Wilson Gonzalez, 48, of Providence, was waiting on the front steps when police arrived at the two-family home shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sept. 6.

gonzalezAccording to police, Mr. Gonzalez told officers that after he arrived at home and walked up the stairs to the front door, he was shoved in the back by someone. He later told police that he was shoved into the home by two people, adding that they held a gun to his head. The two men allegedly ordered Mr. Gonzalez to open a safe belonging to his girlfriend’s father, who owns the home and also lives there. Then, they stole an undisclosed sum of money.

The home was ransacked and Mr. Gonzalez also said the men tied him up to a bedpost using zip ties.

It was his girlfriend’s father who freed Mr. Gonzalez when he returned to the home.

“There were signs indicating that it wasn’t the usual violent crime scene,” said Bristol Police Dep. Chief Steven Contente. “It didn’t take long that he admitted to police he staged the crime to take the money.

“Nothing was damaged and nothing was broken,” he continued. “He also said he didn’t get a visual of the alleged robbers.”

After Mr. Gonzalez confessed to staging the robbery, he was arrested on charges of falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor.

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