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Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 12:19 p.m.

U-M crime alert canceled for reported assault near Nichols Arboretum

By Julie Baker

A University of Michigan police crime alert stemming from a reported assault early Saturday near the Nichols Arboretum entrance was canceled Monday because the incident occurred in another community, a U-M spokeswoman said.

"During a follow-up interview it was determined that no assault or robbery occurred on or near the U-M campus. The reportee may have been involved in an incident in another town," according to a police alert issued Monday.

According to the initial alert, a University of Michigan student told police he was assaulted early Saturday by five to seven men as he was walking at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Geddes Avenue, near the entrance to the Nichols Arboretum near Oxford Road.

"We've now determined that no such incident took place at that location at all," U-M police spokeswoman Diane Brown said. The incident did not occur in Ann Arbor, but the community where it is now reported to have taken place has not been released.

"It's difficult yet to know what really happened," Brown said, adding that the corresponding police agency would be notified when the location of the incident has been determined.

The student sought medical treatment around 9 p.m. and reported the incident to police.



Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 4:22 a.m.

Maybe the incident didn't happen at all. Our Police Officers WILL get it right.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

One can just imagine a dialogue between two police departments stemming from this reported incident: "He was assaulted but not here, so we're turning this over to you there where the assault apparently did happen." Meanwhile, we all know Who's on first. But Where is When?


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 10:07 p.m.

This is the second report of this type in a week in Ann Arbor -- have people been reduced to a bunch of lying, false-accusation, pass-the-buck folks, who think somehow our A2 police department is somehow gullible?? Thanks to the officers who have followed through on these stories and found them to be what they are -- shams.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 8:28 p.m.

And now back to your regularly scheduled program


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 7:56 p.m.

Were they punched in the face three times while sitting in their car?


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 7:54 p.m.

The reportee may have been involved in an incident on another planet! This is the wackiest story I've ever read.

Robert Granville

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 7:43 p.m.

The initial (false) story is always seen, read and heard by more people than the corrections.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 6:16 p.m.

It may have happened in the Green Belt, and that is why there was some confusion if it happened in Ann Arbor proper.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 10:07 p.m.

Ha!!! Thank you -- that is my absolute best laugh of the day.....


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 5:56 p.m.

Where is the report of the arrest of the student for filing a false police report? Did the student really make a false report or was it incompetence on the part of the police officer taking the report? This was a major story reported on by local television stations as well as the crime alert. It is important for the community to know how this happened so that we can focus on fixing the problem. The campus police and Diane Brown do not like to admit when the problem is theirs.

Kai Petainen

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 6 p.m.

Diane wouldn't be the one to blame. She's merely a messenger passing the news from someone else.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Sounded suspicious from the start. A mass beatdown occurring by the Arb is not likely.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 5:42 p.m.

Maybe the incident occurred in Boulder, CO

Kai Petainen

Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 5:32 p.m.

"The reportee may have been involved in an incident in another town" good grief. then this is not a UofM matter, and I... frankly... feel safer and happy that the DPS looked into this a bit more.