Published February 27, 2012 at 9:27 AM
At approximately 1:55 a.m. on Feb. 23, University Police responded to the report of an “alleged robbery” in a residence hall on UB’s North Campus. An investigation by UB police determined that there were some major discrepancies in the facts as initially reported, and that this was not a random criminal act.
The three individuals who reported the initial robbery were arrested by UB police investigators and charged with making a false written statement (a misdemeanor), criminal possession of a controlled substance (a misdemeanor) and unlawful possession of marijuana (a violation).
In addition, all three will be referred to the university’s Student-Wide Judiciary. The university does not discuss student disciplinary actions. However, in similar cases students have been suspended from the university.
The alleged robbery will continue to be investigated by the University Police Investigations Division. However, Chief of Police Jerry Schoenle noted, “This is clearly not a random robbery, as initially reported. The individuals who reported this incident appeared to be selling drugs, and there is no doubt that whatever did in fact occur had something to do with their own criminal culpability, which ultimately resulted in their arrest.
“Incidences of violent crime continue to be extremely rare on campus, and this appears to be a case of student-on-student crime.”
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