‘A regrettable mistake’: man accused of yard-sale robbery, assault, cleared of wrongdoing

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. (KDVR) — A man accused of robbing and assaulting a woman at her yard sale over the weekend has been cleared of wrongdoing after prosecutors found the woman wrongly accused him of the theft.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said in a press release that “the original allegations arose from a regrettable mistake and misunderstanding.”

The woman and her husband had accused Armando Valdez Gonzalez of stealing a bag the woman used to carry cash for the yard sale and told police he had assaulted her and taken off.

Westminster Police said they arrested Valdez Gonzalez after the incident based on information that “included statements from numerous independent witnesses,” but “additional details and facts came to light that led detectives to believe that Mr. Valdez did not commit this crime.”

“Part of that information included that the crime did not occur the way it was initially reported,” police said in a press release.

According to the District Attorney’s office, the couple tried to stop Gonzalez Valdez from leaving when he denied stealing the money bag.

When Valdez Gonzalez tried to drive away, “the woman fell to the ground and sustained injuries as a result of the fall,” the DA’s office said.

Valdez Gonzalez then contacted police to tell them about the incident and showed his bag to police to review it, according to the DA’s office.

The woman who claimed the theft confirmed that the bag wasn’t hers. Her husband later told police that they had found their bag from the yard sale.

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