A robbery suspect was in custody Thursday after he falsely claimed he had been stabbed during a fight at a trolley station in La Mesa even though his injury was the result of a holdup, police said.
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Marc Spalsbury, 25, of El Cajon was arrested on suspicion of robbing a Vons grocery store of a bottle of liquor Wednesday night, according to La Mesa police.
Shortly before 10:30 p.m., police received a report that a man had been stabbed in the 8100 block of Allison Avenue, about a block away from the Vons.
The man had flagged down a passerby in the area and told her he had been stabbed and robbed, and she immediately called 911 to report it, police said in a statement.
While investigating the alleged stabbing, officers learned the man -- identified as Spalsbury -- had in fact gotten into a scuffle with a security guard while robbing the Vons, police said, noting he suffered a deep cut to one of his fingers.
The security guard also was injured, suffering a small abrasion to one of his elbows, police said.
Surveillance video from the grocery store confirmed Spalsbury's involvement, according to police.
Spalsbury was booked into San Diego Central Jail.
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