Doral businessman charged with filing false report

Juan Carlos Tovar turned himself in to Doral police

DORAL, Fla. - A businessman has been charged with filing a false police report accusing Doral's city manager of grabbing his arm, pulling him into a room and calling him a "Chavista."

Juan Carlos Tovar turned himself in to Doral police on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago, Tovar accused city manager Joe Carollo of forcing him into a room at Doral's city hall, cursing at him and calling him a follower of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

But police said surveillance footage shows Tovar entering a locked room without being grabbed or pushed. According to the investigation, Tovar later gave a second statement that contradicted his first account.

He was booked in jail on $1,000 bond.

Tovar's attorney, Jesus Suarez, told reporters the businessman believes his arrest is politically motivated.

"We don't think that it is a coincidence that this arrest took place on the eve of a meeting to consider terminating the city manager," he said.

The agenda for Wednesday's meeting didn't include firing Carollo, but Mayor Luigi Boria recently called him erratic, reversing support for his hire.

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