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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  • by To Diane... on Mar 4, 2010 at 03:09 AM
    Haven't you seen what they're wearing? OF course they NEED more "attention"!!!
  • by Huu? on Mar 4, 2010 at 03:06 AM
    Why would he get charged with underage drinking when He was the one that seeked out law enforcement? Weird. Noone stopped him, he went home and passed out, then went to the PD. Isn't that the same guy?
  • by EZU Fan Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    Yes EZU is made up of future brain surgeons thats why they had to put a "Dont text and drive " sign outside of the school on 10th St Learn to live with it the US Army is the best in the world where EZU is a 2d tier university...at best.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:05 PM
    Make him pay up what lost money went into this investigation if he is proven guilty, and then make him do some hard community service work. To Rob, there have been plenty of people these past few years in the military that are not really that intelligent. I can name a few I went to school with growing up. There have been plenty of intelligent people coming out of ECU. If not, ECU would not have a medical school. It sounds like you are not all there to assume that about ECU.
  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    Sorry George but the military requires intelligence and since he was accepted at ECU that pretty much leaves him out.
  • by Anonymous#2 on Mar 3, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    @The Wise One , You are right, but It's the principle of mis-using the system and harsh punishments will deter other students from doing such... This will simply not STOP false reports.. I think he got off soft and easy. I agree with Stan as some sort of monetary restitution to ECU for their hardwork into this investigation, kinda like balloon boy except that's on a much larger scale than this.
  • by George Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    Take him out of college and make him join the military.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Mar 3, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    "Anonymous #2", that's ruthless. Some consequences are needed, but that's a little much.
  • by ST Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2010 at 03:44 PM
    He Should Be Made To Pay The Cops for There Time. What A waste of our tax dollars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 3, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    This young man should not be allowed back on campus until he pays back to university every dollar it took to solve this issue.
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