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KU Public Safety Office identifies suspect in McCollum incident

KU Public Safety officials said they had reason to believe the man in this photograph is Samuel Moore, a suspect identified in Friday's gun incident at McCollum Hall. Officials do not know who the female in the picture is, according to KU spokesperson Jill Jess. This photo was taken Friday afternoon near the residence hall.

KU Public Safety officials said they had reason to believe the man in this photograph is Samuel Moore, a suspect identified in Friday's gun incident at McCollum Hall. Officials do not know who the female in the picture is, according to KU spokesperson Jill Jess. This photo was taken Friday afternoon near the residence hall.

May 1, 2010, 2:18 p.m. Updated May 1, 2010, 4:57 p.m.

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Samuel Lennell Moore

Samuel Lennell Moore

A 20-year-old man who gave Kansas University police a false description of an armed assailant in KU’s McCollum Hall is now a suspect in Friday’s incident. That description sent police searching throughout Lawrence for a man who didn’t exist.

The KU Public Safety Office continues to look for the real suspect, Samuel Lennell Moore from Kansas City, Kan.

Moore is described as African-American, 6 feet tall and 155 pounds. He was last reported to be driving a silver 2004 Saturn Ion with Kansas tags. According to KU spokesperson Jill Jess, KU Public Safety officials said they have reason to believe the man pictured in Journal-World photographer Kevin Anderson's photo (above) is of Moore.

KU Public Safety officials said they had reason to believe the man in this photograph is Samuel Moore, a suspect identified in Friday's gun incident at McCollum Hall. This photo was taken Friday afternoon near the residence hall.

KU Public Safety officials said they had reason to believe the man in this photograph is Samuel Moore, a suspect identified in Friday's gun incident at McCollum Hall. This photo was taken Friday afternoon near the residence hall.

Moore may have a weapon in his possession, and anyone who sees him is advised to avoid approaching him and immediately call 911.

Not a KU student, Moore is wanted on multiple arrest warrants for failure to appear in court on theft and criminal trespassing charges.

According to a KU news release, Moore was involved in a domestic dispute at McCollum Hall, 1800 Engel Road, about 2 p.m. Friday. A neighbor overheard the couple arguing and a man yelling, “Where’s my gun? Where’s my gun?” The student notified authorities, who then contacted the police.

Police arrived within minutes and interviewed the woman in the room. She gave police a false report that an armed man had attacked her and a made-up description of what he looked like.

Moore told police he was visiting a friend on the floor and intervened to protect the woman from the armed assailant, who had fled down the stairs, according to a KU news report.

Moore gave a false description of the assailant and a fake name to police. He left shortly after being interviewed, KU spokesperson Jill Jess said.

The assailant the two invented was a light-skinned black man, wearing a white T-shirt with brown trim, black sweatpants and white tennis shoes and had tattoos fully covering both arms.

In the process of their investigation, police determined the couple’s story was fabricated, Jess said.

KU police will be presenting a report to the Douglas County District Attorney’s office for possible prosecution. The woman, a KU student who was not identified by KU, will face student housing and nonacademic disciplinary hearings.

During Friday’s incident, the university enacted its emergency notification system, sending text, e-mail and Web notices to advise people to avoid McCollum Hall during the police search.

KU campus gun incident

Police were searching Friday afternoon for a suspect who was reportedly carrying a gun inside McCollum residence hall on the KU campus. The suspect has not yet been located.

Officers conducted a room-by-room search of the 10-story residence hall, which houses 900 students.

Police investigated the incident based on the information they received, Jess said.

“At that point safety of the students is most important,” Jess said.

Jess also praised the student making the initial report, noting she acted “entirely appropriately, and we commend her.”

Comments

frittata65 5 years, 2 months ago

well spacehog, this guy wasn't a student. and he had warrents out for his arrest. focus.

tomatogrower 5 years, 2 months ago

All those who lied to the police should be charged, and fined the amount that it took to pull off this search.

irvan moore 5 years, 2 months ago

I really think the young woman who lied to the police needs to ante up and pay the bill for all the service rendered by the police, she also needs to be arrested.

frittata65 5 years, 2 months ago

sounds like obstruction of justice for sure. endangerment of fellow students too.

gsxr600 5 years, 2 months ago

This article is difficult to read... It starts with describing him and how he is still on the run, don't approach blah blah blah and then it jumps into saying the police talked to him at the scene?

lolwut.jpeg

I understand it now, but had to read it multiple times.

Alabamastreet 5 years, 2 months ago

So, the police show up, circle the building, lock down campus, do a room-by-room check, set up an emergency command center at the Lied Center and . . . let the guy who pulled the gun walk out of the dorm with his girlfriend.

Ok, when did Barney Fife get back into police work, move to Lawrence, take a job with the KUPD -- and did he manage to get the bullet out of his pocket yet?

KansasPerson 5 years, 2 months ago

"Police arrived within minutes and interviewed the woman in the room. She gave police a false report that an armed man had attacked her and a made-up description of what he looked like."

So is this the report from yesterday that "someone" actually saw a man with a gun? Is it this made-up assailant? Or was there a different man-with-gun sighting? Is it possible there was never a gun at all? Just a guy saying "Where's my gun?"

Sharon Roullins 5 years, 2 months ago

Okay, why didn't I know the truth would eventually come out? Chances are she didn't want her parents to know she was dating a man of color and now she's got caught in a lie. And the police are out searching for someone that doesn't even exist. Hope that charge her with submitting a false police report as well.

Evan Ridenour 5 years, 2 months ago

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2010/apr/30/191268/

I love the caption on that photo. "Two students walk away from McCollum Hall on the campus of Kansas University, Friday, April 30, 2010. Law enforcement officials are looking for a possible armed suspect in McCollum Hall." Oh the irony.

frittata65 5 years, 2 months ago

I don't know if it was on the police scanner, once again you've ignored info that is IN the article we're all commenting about.

ksjayhawk74 5 years, 2 months ago

Not sure what how fly you think you are for a white guy has to do with anything.

Someone with a warrants for their arrest with a gun in a dormitory and angrily looking for his gun isn't "kids being kids"... Just like Texas Tech wasn't kids being kids...

equalaccessprivacy 5 years, 2 months ago

It's a step in the right direction for KU to even bother offering disciplinary hearings. Administrators there don't always honor due- process policies, and if they want to railroad someone or something through, possibly to hide an error by their incompetent HR investigators or one of those Tuttle women over in Academic Sucess, they are not above viciously framing a victim as the perpetrator and levying a harsh punishment before all the facts are in. They are hardly known as evenhanded, so being forced to to deal with them can be a punishment in itself, a quick and nasty introduction to the wicked, amoral ways of back country justice.

KansasPerson 5 years, 2 months ago

frittata65 wouldn't need a police scanner to know that -- it's in the article. "Kids will be kids"??? The guy is 20 years old and has prior arrests on theft and criminal trespassing!!! (also in the article, by the way)

Starting to wonder if spacehog = our old friend waka, except spacehog's a better speller. But possibly they are both from the species Trollus commentarius.

onceinawhile 5 years, 2 months ago

what's the point of removing that comment if it's just repeated here?

Steve Jacob 5 years, 2 months ago

No harm done, so it was a good day, but letting the suspect give a false name and get away is not LPD best day. But when the "victim" lies too, you cut the police some slack.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

Looks like the posters here were on top of the photo before KUPD & the LJW were.

KansasPerson 5 years, 2 months ago

"And KansasPerson( that pretty much sums you up)" Oh snap. You sure know how to hurt a person. Making fun of my online name AND the state I live in?! You must have been an absolute star in high-school debate club.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 2 months ago

Quit picking on spacehog. He's one righteous dude.

KansasPerson 5 years, 2 months ago

I guess I do have a rather lackluster name, Space. And my real name's not much better. Oh well! I guess if I'm named after a rectangular state, it makes sense for me to be square!

BTW they removed biggunz's comment, but not the later one (yours?) where it was quoted... ah well, I'm guessing they will get to it later. They're pretty busy up there finding pictures they unknowingly took of the suspect yesterday. :)

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 2 months ago

So... where are all the people who suggested yesterday that this was a concealed carry guy? Wrong much?

Deb Stavin 5 years, 2 months ago

This incident will tell us whether the new chancellor has a spine.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

Imagine the kookiness we could be having on this thread if Irish was still around.

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

hey! why was my post jacked out?!? 1. I discussed how this incident proves that making KU a "gun free zone" only makes the legal citizens into the unarmed ones, because clearly the criminal stil had the gun! KU becomes a free fire zone."
2. wouldn't it be funny, and great payback if there really were a light skinned black man out there fitting the fake description that Bambi gave the officers, and he filed suit! [Bambi=idjiotgirl in dorm room with mr. Moore.] and, 3. maybe this is why it got pulled, I made a reference, quoting democart senator Harry Reid's comments about "negro dialect."
that was a dem who said that FGS!

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

I also stated that Bambi should do jail time for the false report.

northtowngrl 5 years, 2 months ago

Is anyone really sure they are a couple? If you look really good at the picture, they sort of look like siblings... Didn't the girl live in the dorm? Why don't we know who she is and where to find her? Find her... Find him...Come on LE even I can figure this one out.

Rae Hudspeth 5 years, 2 months ago

It started with a domestic violence incident? If the boyfriend had a gun and the girl was afraid of him, there's no telling what she'd say in front of him to protect herself.

Been there, done that.

The girl in question needs help, and hopefully with being taken into protective custody, she will get it. If that's her in the picture, well, way to protect a domestic violence victim /snark.

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