Down in the Valley, law enforcement is none too happy with 21-year-old Jesus Mata this week.
Mata was in tears early Wednesday morning as he told officers at the La Feria police station that he had been robbed at gunpoint.
In a swift and well-coordinated attack, two trucks — one red, one black — boxed him in along the side of the road while he drove to pick up money from a game room where he worked security. The men pulled out AK-47s, took all his cash and sped off into the darkness.
No trucks, no AKs . . . just a nice tax return and a strip club called Whisper's, where Mata went through $1,000 in drinks and lap dances.
The young man pleaded with police to catch the culprits. Investigators from the Cameron County Sheriff's Department and the nearby Harlingen Police Department were called to assist with locating those mysterious trucks. But when no leads emerged, suspicions grew.
Mata 'fessed up under a fresh round of questioning. There were no trucks or AKs . . . just a nice tax return and a local strip club called Whisper's, where he went through $1,000 in drinks and lap dances. Knowing his wife would be none too happy, he fabricated the whole scenario.
"We're out there making felony traffic stops on every black truck and every red truck when there was really nothing to go on. That puts our officers in danger."
Mata has been charged for filing a false police report. The case will go to the Cameron Country District Attorney's Office for review.