CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that Charles Davis was robbed at gunpoint on a subway train. Police said he gave them a differing account of the incident, saying the robbery took place in a hotel room. When reached by phone, Davis confirmed the NYPD's account. The story below has been revised.
MANHATTAN — A man who described a harrowing gunpoint robbery in a subway car now acknowledges that the crime did not take place in the transit system.
Charles Davis, 49, whose tale of being robbed by strangers on a 1 train in Harlem appeared on DNAinfo New York Friday morning, changed his story later in the day saying the incident, in fact, occurred at a hotel near a W. 145th Street subway station.
Davis claimed to his coworkers after the March 10 incident that he had been robbed on a northbound 1 train around 1 a.m. by an assailant who put a gun to his head.
Over several interviews, he recounted his alleged subway ordeal to DNAinfo.
But NYPD officials said he when he called 911, he told detectives he was robbed inside a hotel on West 145th Street, and not on a subway.
Police officials Friday said Davis initially told detectives he finished work on March 10, went out for a few drinks and then met a few acquaintances. At around midnight, they headed up to the hotel in Harlem, police said.
Davis told police one of them pulled out a gun inside the hotel, ordered him to his knees, and stole his money, police said. There have been no arrests.
Reached early Friday afternoon, Davis acknowledged that the robbery did not occur in the subway, but he hung up the phone without providing any other details.