A man who told investigators he was forced to the ground by two masked people outside a Mankato residence in August is now accused of making up his robbery story.

Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the mobile home in the 400 block of Elm Drive at about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 28.

A caller had reported two masked robbers had forced someone to the ground before taking a television and other items from the residence.

Jason Dean Thompson, 21, told the deputies a big-screen television, DVDs, video games, swords and tattoo equipment had been stolen after he was forced to the ground. He said he was going outside to a pop machine in the Knollwood Park mobile home court when he was attacked.

The items stolen belonged to Jason Messner. His girlfriend, Megan Tatge, told the deputies Thompson woke her up to tell her about the robbery. She also said she thought it was odd she hadn’t heard any noises and her dog hadn’t barked, said the criminal complaint, which was filed against Thompson Monday.

The stolen items, valued at about $6,200, were found after Thompson was interviewed a second time by one of the deputies.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Feb. 11 for a felony theft charge and a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting a crime.

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