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Man arrested in phony complaint

The man claimed that his girlfriend's mother attacked him with a steak knife.

Police arrested a man Wednesday on charges that he tried to land his girlfriend's 72-year-old mother in jail by filing a bogus police report alleging she attacked him with a knife.

Paul Allen Ramussen, 37, of 505 Jasmine Way, was charged with making a false report of a crime and making a false 911 call, both misdemeanors. He was being held Thursday in the Pinellas County Jail on $1,000 bail.

Ramussen called 911 from a gas station on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, then told Clearwater police Officer Jonathan Walser that his girlfriend's mother attacked him with a steak knife, according to police reports.

Ramussen's girlfriend tried to back up his account, but Walser noticed inconsistencies in their stories, police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.

After questioning by Walser, Ramussen recanted his allegations and said he was making up the story because he wanted the elderly woman in jail and out of her Clearwater residence on Saturn Avenue, Shelor said.

"He made up the story because he wanted the mother out of the relationship," Shelor said. "But he made a grievous error in judgment."

Shelor said Ramussen moved to the area from out-of-state several months ago after meeting a local woman on-line. He moved in with the woman and her mother, but the mother evicted him, Shelor said.

Shelor said Walser did a good job of recognizing inconsistencies in Ramussen's account. His 44-year-old girlfriend also gave an inconsistent story, he said.

"Cops are by nature cynical," Shelor said. "He explained to the guy that that dog don't hunt."

Ramussen could not be reached for comment. His girlfriend and her mother denied to comment.