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Posted on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 4:40 p.m.

U-M police seek to charge student who claimed 5 to 7 men assaulted him on campus

By Kyle Feldscher

University of Michigan police are seeking a charge of filing a false police report against a student who reported an unarmed robbery near the entrance to Nichols Arboretum early Saturday morning.

Police sent a crime alert on Saturday after the man reported five to seven men had assaulted him as he was walking at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Geddes Avenue, near Oxford Road.

Police determined on Monday that the crime had not taken place at that location and not within Ann Arbor’s city limits, department spokeswoman Diane Brown said.

Brown confirmed Thursday police would submit a request to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for a warrant for filing a false police report.

Police said it’s possible that the assault took place in another town.

The student reported that five to seven men had struck him dozens of times and took cash from his pocket near the Arboretum entrance, according to the crime alert. The man told police he called a friend to pick him up after the suspects left the area, the alert stated.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Dec 10, 2011 : 2:39 a.m.

Another false police report?? I guess it's one way to get attention. (but who needs it?) Our police need all true reports, as it is not necessary, to waste their time on this crap.


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 12:02 a.m.

Whatever happened to the woman who claimed a black man tried to rob her at furstenberg park? Is she being charged?


Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 12:01 a.m.

This is disturbing news, coming as it does on the heels of the recent false claim by a woman to have been robbed while in a parking lot. One can't help wondering if it calls into question various other previous crime postings. What about the abused parrot, for example? Was he lying, too?

Kai Petainen

Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 11:15 p.m.

this is such an odd story... thanks for the update -- but it is an odd story. thanks to the dps for looking into this a bit more.


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 10:23 p.m.

I have to agree with trespass, there is much missing here, too many empty spots to fill in. Please tell!


Thu, Dec 8, 2011 : 10:10 p.m.

There has to be more to this story. Why would he say that it happened at this location? What is the advantage for him? Who is he trying to scam?