Warrant filed for 21-year-old EMU student accused of making up armed robbery
Eastern Michigan University police are attempting to get a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man to turn himself in after a warrant was filed Monday accusing the man of reporting a false armed robbery.
EMU Police Chief Bob Heighes confirmed Washtenaw County prosecutors approved a charge of false report of a felony against the Dearborn Heights man Monday. He’s wanted for telling police four men with a handgun robbed him in the university’s Green Lot on Nov. 2.
Heighes said police have been in contact with the man.
“We’re trying to get him to come in and get him arraigned,” Heighes said.
AnnArbor.com will release the man’s name once he’s been arraigned.
EMU officials sent out a crime alert to the university community on Nov. 2 after the man reported the robbery. He told police four men approached him, one of whom had a handgun, and demanded money. He said they punched him in the face after he gave them his wallet.
The next day, the man retracted his statement after police showed him surveillance camera footage of the area where he said he’d been robbed. According to police, there was no video evidence that the incident ever occurred.
The maximum sentence for filing a false report of a felony is four years in prison.