Published: Sept. 27, 2013

CONTACT:    Ryan Huff, Communications Manager, Police Department 303-492-7581 / ryan.huff@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado Boulder Police Department has issued a false reporting summons to a CU student for fabricating details of a reported robbery he said took place on Aug. 31, 2013. On Sept. 26, Cullen Hart, 18, was issued a summons for False Reporting to Authorities, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Hart initially reported that two men approached him with a knife and demanded money around 3 a.m. on Aug. 31 near the Regent Administrative Center. Hart said he suffered a cut to his arm as he fought off the suspects, who later ran away. Hart reported this to police at 6:30 p.m. that day – more than 15 hours after the alleged incident. In compliance with the federal Clery Act, CU Police issued a timely warning on the robbery case via email and text message to CU students, faculty and staff.

Further investigation by UCPD detectives revealed inconsistencies in Hart’s story. Detectives obtained surveillance video that showed Hart entering his residence hall around the time of the purported incident. Hart admitted to detectives that he was not injured by any suspects, but rather received a cut on his arm from the desk in his room. Hart also said he did not get one of the suspects in a choke-hold as he originally reported. Finally, Hart admitted that he did not try to get medical attention at the Wardenburg Health Center or attempt to immediately report the incident to police. Hart maintains that two men approached him (one with a knife), but asked for money in a non-threatening way and then left the area. Hart told detectives he lied about aspects of the incident for “attention.” CU Police believe that no crime occurred on August 31.

“We encourage any victim of a crime to immediately report it to police,” said CU police Cmdr. Robert Axmacher. “Making false or inaccurate crime reports diverts resources away from investigating actual crimes and can lead to unnecessary community concern.”

The Case Number is 2013-1861.