Fake Cop Frisks ECU Students

A man posing as an police officer approached two ECU students, pulled out a gun and attempted to rob them.

East Carolina University Police say it happened around 1:30 Friday morning near Jarvis and 5Th street.

The two students say a man in a silver Honda pulled over and told them he was a police officer. He was not wearing a uniform and didn't have a badge, but he did show them a black handgun.

Officers say the individual frisked the victims, searched their wallets, and finally left without taking a thing.

ECU Police say there are officers in plain clothes patrolling the downtown area, but all should show you a badge.

ECU Assistant Police Chief Dawn Tevepaugh says, "What we encourage anyone to do in a situation like that is to ask to see the police badge. We also carry ID cards so they can ask to see both of those instruments."

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  • by mandy on Sep 2, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    crime is not as bad as we think, says the police chief.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Sep 2, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    Here we go again bashing the police. Think you can do better? Change your major to criminal justice and come on. We can use the help while you are smarter than we are.
  • by cindi Location: williamston on Sep 2, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    OH come on!!! Greenville wake up. The crime in this town is worse then some major cities. Our ECU students can't even walk off campus and feel safe. What's wrong with this picture? Sounds like it's time for an all around better police force.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pitt County on Sep 2, 2009 at 02:38 AM
    Why is ECU being blamed for this when it happened in Greenville's jurisdiction?
  • by tom Location: Greenville on Sep 1, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    While a fake cops shaking down 2 students at 5 & Jarvis with a handgun. 2 other ecu students sre being robbed at gunpoint at 10th & charles blvd. Monday 19 yr old boy robbed at gunpoint. The KEYWORD HERE is robbed at gunpoint. I Think the only recourse is for students to carry a handgun .. Cause you dont need to take a slingshot to a gunfight.. It looks like everyone in Greenville is carrying a gun with them but the students.. Why are the students forbidden to have alittle protection that they can provide for themselves since it is not being provided for the by the town or campus cops.
  • by Dave on Sep 1, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Once again NO WORRIES on my part. I trust in Chief Anderson and his ability to decrease crime in Greenville! It's not as bad as it seems!
  • by Kelly Location: ECU scared student on Sep 1, 2009 at 07:45 PM
    As I have stated before...Tell the Chief of Police and let's DEMAND his resignation or plan to FIX what is wrong.

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