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UNC Student's Report of Robbery Was False

Posted March 28, 2008

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who told police he was robbed and assaulted early Friday provided false information to police.

UNC spokesman Mike McFarland said Friday evening said university police determined no robbery or attempted robbery occurred. He did not elaborate.

The student, who was not identified, told authorities a man approached him at about 3:30 a.m. while he was walking between Wilson Library and the W. Lowry and Susan S. Caudill laboratories.

He said the man displayed a weapon and demanded cash and that the man struck him and fled on foot when the student told him he didn't have any money.

The report prompted the university campus to send out a campus-wide e-mail safety alert, McFarland said.

McFarland said he did not know if police would charge the student. It was unclear Friday evening if the university would take any disciplinary action against the student.

Friday's report is the second in recent weeks of a college student reporting a false crime on campus.

Earlier this month, Matthew Haney, 22, of Durham was charged with filing a false police report that set off a panic that locked down the campus of Appalachian State University.

Haney told police he interrupted an attempted break-in at his off-campus apartment.

Appalachian State locked down the campus for more than an hour and canceled classes.


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  • bronzegoddess40 Mar 31, 2008

    Wow, I kind of thought that this was a false alarm. Shame on this student to lie like this, but all too frequently this happens and I wonder why.

  • FloydTurbo Mar 28, 2008

    Was this predictable too in a "post-Eve tragedy" world?

    All the extremes in the crime/community/victim stew will start percolating. Every social-cultural extreme lurks in Chapel Hill. Is the race of the false victim important now?

  • redwarrior Mar 28, 2008

    Homer Simpson days "D'oh", not "dope".

  • MizzZeta Mar 28, 2008

    LOL, doodad. This story is infuriating. I wish people would just think before they act!

    BTW, ncmickey, I've noticed that golo has been open until 10 this week. Although, the comments section for one story closed at 7 last night. I'm sure what's going on with it...

  • ncmickey Mar 28, 2008

    I thought Golo closed at 7PM??

  • Starks a.k.a. Iron Man Mar 28, 2008

    So this student lied? Come on guy's let's hear one big homer simpson "dope". To all that were crying about campus security.LOL

  • jasminem45 Mar 28, 2008

    The UNC students just received an email saying "University Police have determined that no robbery or attempted robbery
    occurred on the University campus earlier today. " and that "Investigators have determined that the alleged victim making the initial
    report to University police provided false information." So everyone can rest easier, though they should still try to be safe.

  • jackadoo Mar 28, 2008

    ger...I said all thru the Carson case, don't be out on the streets, 2am-5am, nothing good happens then.

  • doogaad Mar 28, 2008

    Sad, but I think it sometimes is more important for some news organizations to be politically correct than to actually be helpful in catching the criminal...

  • FloydTurbo Mar 28, 2008

    Ahhhh .... the "what race" issue pops up again.

    The N&O changed its "never mention race in a crime" policy about six months ago. They finally realized that Crime Prevention trumps Political Correctness ..... or should. Apparently CBC thinks otherwise. Interesting.

    The N&O story does note that it was "a black male ....."