ECU: Mendenhall Robbery Made Up, Student Charged

Another ECU student has been charged with filing a false police report.

University police say Nickolas Frederick told police he was robbed outside the Mendenhall Student Center on February 24th by four men. He's been charged with a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report.

ECU police say after an extensive investigation, including interviews and review of videotape from security cameras, they determined there had been no assault.

Police tell WITN that Frederick told them he made up the robbery because he thought he was going to get in trouble for underage drinking.

“Our primary concern is the safety of the ECU community - students, faculty, staff and visitors,” ECU Police Chief Scott Shelton said. “We take every reported crime seriously, but at the same time, we must be vigilant for false reports that just cause unnecessary concern and worry on the campus.”

Frederick was released on a $500 bond.

Last November another student was charged with the same crime after ECU police say she falsely reported being raped in a classroom building.

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