Last night deputies responded to 180 Miami Street, Miramar Beach, in reference to an armed robbery. Deputies were advised by the victim, 22 year old Christopher Catlett of Hot Springs, AZ, that two men approached him while he was in his front yard and attempted to rob him. Deputies detained an individual based on a description given by Catlett. The WCSO K9 Unit responded to the area to begin a track to locate the other suspect, but was unsuccessful. Investigators advised Mr. Catlett that a full investigation into the matter would be conducted to verify the accounts of his story. At that time, Catlett became very nervous and had a hard time articulating how the armed robbery took place. Catlett revealed to investigators that he had fabricated the story because he was drunk. The male detained by deputies was released.
Sheriff Adkinson stated "This is a serious offense and no joking matter. A citizen was detained by law enforcement because of Mr. Catlett's deception and he should be held accountable."
Catlett was charged with misuse of 911 and providing a false statement to law enforcement. He was booked into the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.