SAVANNAH, GA (February 14, 2018) – Savannah Police have charged a 27-year-old man with falsely reporting an armed robbery earlier this month.

Around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 3 Jamison Batchelor flagged down officers at Jefferson and W. Bryan streets to report he had been robbed at the Wells Fargo ATM, 136 Bull St., about one hour earlier. He told officers he was withdrawing money when two black males pressed the tip of a knife into his back and demanded cash. The men ran from the area after receiving the cash.

During the course of the investigation, he admitted the report was false.

On Feb. 6, Batchelor was served a warrant for false statements and transported to the Chatham County jail.

“We take the false report of crimes very seriously,” Chief Mark Revenew said. “These false reports waste valuable patrol, investigative and forensic resources that can be better focused on genuine crimes.  We have zero tolerance for anyone who files a false report, and they will be charged accordingly.”