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North Liberty man accused of reporting robbery to lose officer

He faces up to three years in prison if convicted

NORTH LIBERTY — A North Liberty man is accused of calling in an armed robbery in a failed attempt to shake a police officer who was following him.

According to North Liberty police criminal complaints, around 9:14 p.m. Thursday, Bryce J. Wagehoft, 27, called and reported an armed robbery at a local convenience store. Police said Wagehoft gave a description of a suspect and hung up.

As it turns out, Wagehoft was driving with a barred license and was trying to lose the officer that was driving behind him. Police said Wagehoft admitted to making the call, which prompted multiple officers and agencies to respond to the convenience store.

Wagehoft was arrested and faces charges of driving while barred-habitual offender, an aggravated misdemeanor; making a false report of an indictable crime, a serious misdemeanor; and making a non-emergency 911 call, a simple misdemeanor. If convicted of all three offenses, he could spend up to three years in prison.

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