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Police: Masked gang attack on two men didn't happen

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

It was quite a story.  Two men reported that they were attacked, robbed, and beaten by a gang of bandana-wearing baddies, including one wearing a "Scream" mask last week.

Now, investigators in Salisbury say someone did bite off part of one man's ear, but the circumstances the men reported? Bogus.

As of Wednesday morning, both men are wanted by the police.

The original police report state two men were walking to a convenience store in the area of Thomas and Caldwell Streets around 10:30 when they noticed the large group farther down the street, "yelling and acting out."

The two men crossed to the other side of the street to avoid the group, but they say the group of men came after them.

The men told police they ran, but the group caught one of them and the other man went back to help his friend.

The police report goes on to quote the men describing their attackers - one wearing a "Scream" Halloween mask, one wearing a white bandana, the other men wearing blue bandanas.

Police initially told WBTV the two men were beaten, and during the attack, one man had part of his ear bitten off. That victim also said that he thought he heard his attacker referred to as "Alvin" by one of the others in the group.

That initial report also stated one of the men was robbed of $70, and the other was robbed of $140.

Police told WBTV at the time that due to the bandanas, the descriptions of the attackers are very vague. The men could not estimate an age or other distinguishing characteristics.

Both men were treated and released from the hospital.

But then, police said the investigation began to turn up several inconsistencies in the stories told by Demario Whisonant and Derrick "Buddha" Brown.

Wednesday, investigators told WBTV - yes, there was a fight, but it involved Whisonant and one other person. They said Brown wasn't even there, and no one was robbed.

Whisonant did lose part of his ear in the fight. Police say Brown - who showed WBTV a hand and wrist wrapped in a bandage - is no longer cooperating with the investigation.

Investigators also clarified - there was no gang of marauders roaming the streets causing mischief - and no man wearing a "Scream" Halloween mask.

Police say, there have been three cases involving groups of men robbing people - but those cases are not related to this incident.

By mid-morning Wednesday, warrants were issued for the arrest of Whisonant and Brown for Filing a False Police Report. The Salisbury Police Department says Brown also has an outstanding warrant for Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, from another case.

If you know the whereabouts of Whisonant and/or Brown, please call the Salisbury Police Department at 704-638-5340 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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