Wallingford police arrest Manchester man after false hotel robbery report

Raequen Barber-Anderson (Photo: Wallingford Police)

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Wallingford police have arrested a man that claimed he had been robbed in a hotel parking lot, but gave a false account to officers.

According to Wallingford police, on October 10, 2017, Raequen Dashawn Barber-Anderson, 22, of Manchester, told officers that was was robbed in the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott hotel, located at 600 Northrup Road. Barber-Anderson claimed he was selling a cellular phone that he posted on Craigslist; and that he had agreed to meet the buyer in Wallingford.

Barber-Anderson told police that he had met the buyer inside of the hotel, but then went outside to conduct the transaction inside the buyer’s car. He then claimed that once inside the buyer’s car, the buyer then pulled out a knife and proceeded to rob him.

According to police, Barber-Anderson refused the buyer’s demand. The buyer then claimed to have a gun and would shoot Barber-Anderson if he didn’t comply. He then allegedly handed the buyer $300. Barber-Anderson gave the police a description of the buyer and his vehicle.

Wallingford detectives located the buyer, and after speaking with the buyer and reviewing text messages between the buyer and Barber-Anderson, police determined that Barber-Anderson had not been robbed at all. Security footage from the hotel, and statements from Barber-Anderson’s girlfriend also refuted his story.

At the time of the incident, Barber-Anderson was subject to a no-contact protective order with his girlfriend. Wallingford officers obtained an arrest warrant for providing a false statement to police, and for violating the protective order.

Barber-Anderson was arrested by Vernon police on January 5th for an incident in that town. After posting bond for the Vernon incident, Barber-Anderson was turned over to Wallingford police.

Barber-Anderson was released after posting a $75,000 bond. He was due in court on Monday.