HENDERSONVILLE, N.C., May 13 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man who called police to complain that he was the victim of an armed robbery after allegedly being involved in a violent car chase later confessed that he had actually been on the short end of the stick during a "drug deal gone bad."
According to police, Dakota Buchanan met with two men, Dakota Bass and Evan Robbins, in a parking lot to try and purchase 40 Dilaudid pills. Instead of being given the narcotics, Buchanan was handed a bottle of BB pellets.
The shady sale led to a car chase during which three shots were fired, but no one was injured.
Afterwards, Buchanan called police and said that Bass had robbed him of $596 after threatening him with a shotgun.
Hendersonville Police Capt. Bruce Simonds told the Times-News that police recognized Bass as an individual who had recently been arrested for drugs, so they obtained search warrants for his home and vehicle.
All three men involved in the incident were eventually arrested and brought to the station for questioning. They now face a variety of charges including armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and felony conspiracy.
"They said this was a 'drug deal gone bad,'" Simonds said. "This came together rather fluid-like."