Yard sale

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A man accused of assaulting and robbing a Westminster woman at her yard sale on Saturday will not face charges after police say the family wrongly accused him, according to a release from the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office. 

The 50-year-old man was arrested on Sunday on charges of aggravated robbery-injury or threatening with a deadly weapon, first-degree assault on an at-risk person, and theft of less than $500 from an at risk person.

"The original allegations arose from a regrettable mistake and misunderstanding," officials wrote in a news release. 

The man was accused by a couple in their mid-70s who were holding a yard sale of stealing a bag that contained proceeds from the sale.

The woman saw the man had a bag and confronted him. During the conversation he told her "she was mistaken" and that the bag was his, according to the release. 

The couple did not believe the man and tried to prevent him from leaving the area. 

At the time, the man was in the front seat of his trick with the window down. As he drove away, the woman fell to the ground and was injured, according to the release. 

The man contacted the police department to make them aware of the incident and assured officials he did not steal a bag with money. Additionally, his wife provided law enforcement with their bag, which the couple often takes to garage sales, for examination.

The woman who made the accusations confirmed it was not her bag and her husband later called to inform officers they found their bag from the sale, according to the release. 

"Following the arrest of (the man) the District Attorney's Office completed a thorough review of the facts and circumstances and made a final determination not to file charges," officials wrote in the release.

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