Man wanted in McCollum Hall incident surrenders to KU police
The person suspected of falsely reporting seeing an armed man run through Kansas University’s McCollum Hall has surrendered to police.
According to Jill Jess, of KU’s office of University Relations, Samuel Lennell Moore, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., turned himself in to the KU Public Safety Office on Sunday afternoon. Moore, who is not a KU student, is also wanted on multiple arrest warrants for failure to appear in court on theft and criminal trespass charges.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were called to KU’s largest residence hall Friday afternoon, after a student there told housing staff that she heard an argument between a man and a woman in a neighboring room and then heard a male voice say, “Where’s my gun?”
Someone else then reported seeing a light-skinned black male run through the halls with a gun. Jess says it turns out the person who made the report of seeing the armed man was actually Moore.
Moore is believed to have been the person to have said “Where’s my gun?”
When police interviewed the woman in the room where the disturbance occurred, she gave police a false report that an armed man had attacked her, and gave a made-up description of what he looked like.
Moore told police that he was visiting a friend on the floor and intervened to protect the woman from the armed assailant, who had fled down the stairs.
Moore also gave a false description of the assailant, and used a fake name for himself when questioned by police. He left shortly after being interviewed, Jess said.
The false description sent police searching throughout Lawrence for a man who didn’t exist.
KU activated its emergency notification system on Friday. Students were alerted to the situation at McCollum through text messages and e-mail.
Many students were forced from the dorm while a search was conducted. Some were advised to lock themselves in their rooms as police went room-to-room looking for the possible suspect. After more than 3 hours, students were allowed to return to McCollum when the suspect was no longer believed to be in the building.
On Saturday, police identified Moore as a suspect. Video and photos that were taken Friday show a man who appears to be Moore talking with law enforcement. Jess said she could not say for certain whether the images depict Moore.
Several students at McCollum Hall said Sunday that they know Moore from seeing him at the dorm on a regular basis, “He was a really cool guy,” Spencer Aull said. “We played basketball with him a little bit. I never thought he would’ve had a gun or would’ve pulled a gun on anybody or anything. But you can’t judge a book by its cover.”
Moore was booked into the Douglas County Jail on Sunday. No date was set for his first appearance in court.
The woman who gave the false report, a KU student and McCollum resident who was not identified by KU, will face student housing and nonacademic disciplinary hearings.