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False report of purse snatching, "victim" charged with gambling

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April Newton April Newton
Nicholas Wilkerson Nicholas Wilkerson
Takeysha Denson Takeysha Denson

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A purse snatching being investigated by Monroe Police turns out to be a false report by an illegal gambler.

Friday, July 12, April Newton filed a report with Monroe Police claiming two suspects took money from her purse at the County Market located at 1900 Louisville Avenue.

Police alerted other agencies of the alleged crime and description of the suspects and their vehicle with Mississippi plates. Friday, the Madison Parish Sheriff's deputies stopped the suspects, Nicholas Wilkerson and Takeysha Denson, and returned them to Monroe.

Monroe Detectives then determined that Newton had lied about the purse snatching.  According to police, April Newton became involved in a "shell game" scam in the parking lot of County Market with Nicholas Wilkerson and Takeysha Denson. Newton apparently lost $190 while playing, and after an argument, Wilkerson and Denson were en-route home to Mississippi.  Newton, upset about her losses contacted Monroe Police with a false report of a purse snatching.

All three subjects were arrested and booked at OCC for gambling and Newton is also charged with filing a false police report.

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