A hotel clerk who told police he was stuck with a syringe during an armed robbery Sunday admitted he lied about the attack because he fell asleep on the job and couldn’t explain how a television disappeared, according to a Baton Rouge Police Department news release.

Irvin Cheatham, 39, 704 Myrtle St., was issued a misdemeanor summons for criminal mischief and filing a false police report after admitting Tuesday to police he lied about the robbery, the release says.

Cheatham is a clerk at the Days Inn, 2949 Varsity St.

Police responded to a report of an armed robbery and syringe attack at the Days Inn on Sunday, the release says.

Cheatham told police that he was stabbed in the neck with a syringe by the suspect during the robbery. Cheatham also said Sunday he was incapacitated by the substance in the syringe and it was during this time that someone stole a television from the lobby and cash from him, the release says.

Police were given a detailed description of the suspect and suspect vehicle by Cheatham, the release says.

The incident is no longer being investigated as a armed robbery but police are investigating the theft of the television, the release says.