MANATEE -- A 50-year-old man has been charged with lying to authorities after he falsely reported that he had seen a child grabbed off a bicycle and placed in a van, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
David L. Walker on Tuesday afternoon called 9-1-1 to report the incident, according to the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office originally said the call was made anonymously.
Responding deputies found a bicycle on the side of State Road 70 East, but they did not find a van nor did the sheriff's office receive any reports of a missing child.
The incident allegedly happened on State Road 70 East near 39th Street East, according to the sheriff's office.
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The news release did not say how investigators identified Walker as a suspect. Walker's possible motive for making the call was "unclear," the report states.
Walker faces a charge of providing false information to law enforcement.
Booking information for Walker was not available on the Manatee County jail website.