Archive for Sunday, May 2, 2010

Man wanted in McCollum Hall incident surrenders to KU police

The suspect in Friday's incident inside a KU residence hall surrendered to police Sunday afternoon. The man, who is not a KU student, will face charges from the incident as well as for prior warrants.

May 2, 2010


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.

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.


Deja Coffin 8 years ago

Glad it could all be cleared up. I wonder if he'll be in more trouble for making a false report to police or for having the gun.

BlackVelvet 8 years ago

I am beginning to think Lawrenceguy and Smitty are the same person. Neither one can open their mouth w/o bashing law enforcement for something. What a shame they must lead such a pitiful existence that they can't get over it.

yankeevet 8 years ago

Yes; u need too can it about cops; we are all tired of hearing your crap........

mass207 8 years ago

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Scott Kaiser 8 years ago

Unless a witness will testify that he had a gun, and he denies the charge, then he can not be charged with the offense. I'm relatively certain he did not surrender with one...

ku_law 8 years ago

Don't have to have a witness testify he had a gun for him to be charged with the offense. Makes prosecuting the charge more difficult, but doesn't prohibit a charge from being filed.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

[insert Law and Order sound effect.]

making KU a "gun free zone" only disarms the law abiding. in this situation, Moore may well have had a gun, and he has a record.
the policy really makes KU a "free fire zone" where the criminals can carry without fear of being confronted by an armed legal citizen.

now, as to Moore's girlfriend, Bambi, she needs to do jail time for lying, and potentially implicating an innocent man in their fake story, dragging out lots of officers, terrorizing the KU campus, and generally causing trouble.

boothillbilly 8 years ago

bearded_gnome, you are 100% correct. That miserable, sinking feeling I was feeling at 2:00pm on Friday, was one of defenselessness, knowing that were something very serious ala Va. Tech, then everyone with me in the classroom was but a fish in a barrel. The no weapons allowed policy is asinine because guess what, it disarms the people who follow the law, while having no effect on the behavior of law breakers. Why, because they break the law, and one more won't matter.

Has merrill posted some more hippie douchbaggery on the need not to have guns yet?

boothillbilly 8 years ago

beobachter, you make a very good point. However, bearded_gnome was questioning the ethics of the law, while you are questioning the probability of the situation, two different arguments. I still side with bearded_gnome.

geekyhost 8 years ago

Yes, because a shootout would have just made the day awesome.

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

Worth repeating: “ 28 March 2009 at 6:40 p.m. beobachter (Anonymous) says… Ok, I'm done, you don't need to ban my account, I won't be back.” ;)

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

Not sure if he will be convicted of anything, other then the outstanding warrants.

Gabe Hoffman 8 years ago

What am I missing here. Who filed a false statement?

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

Just another innocent person of color being stepped on by the man!

Robert Holmes 8 years ago

Wasn't it his girlfriend or a friend of both who also gave the police a false description of a guy who supposedly had a gun?

I don't think anyone filed a bogus report (that came from someone who over heard the argument). I think you have two individuals who were directly involved and hindered an official investigation though.

wibn2013 8 years ago

Did anybody else notice the caption on the photo above?--

"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."

...don't they have the man in custody now? I'm confused. Is this Samuel Moore? If it isn't, aren't you giving some innocent young man a bad profile in the eye of the public?

sks6cf 8 years ago

Headlines in KC read: "Actual weapon fired. Bad things happened"

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

Whoa! if I'm reading you right Hillbilly, you're a survivor of the Va Tech shooting! glad you did survive. thanks for your comments. research shows that criminals do avoid situations, places, where they might be confronted by armed opposition.

earlier story stated that Moore's GF/skank [I've been referring to as Bambi"] and Moore gave a false description of a light skinned black man with "sleeve" tatoos. so, yes, Bambi did give a false report.

Beo, one of the most reprobate posters on here, automatically assumes that a legal and legally licensed CCW carrier is a "gun nut," says more about him/her/it than about CCW carriers.

and Multi drops in her usual non sequitur.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

so, py when you see a gun you think of the male appendage? apparently its not te law abiding licensed carriers you call "gun nuts" who have a problem, but you and the other insecure whiney little liberals.

so, why does the male appendage threaten you so?

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

here's for Py, just happened to see this, they can help you with your fixation, and they're right in Lenexa!

TopJayhawk 8 years ago

It's also important to remember that a CC permit holder will have to be at least twenty-one yrs old and no record. That means really only staff, faculty and Seniors would have that right. Gnome-Good pick up on Py. Sigmund would be proud of you, and you have a point.
Me thinks she doth protest too much.

Rae Hudspeth 8 years ago

"This is my rifle, this is my gun..."

Scott Winer 8 years ago

My thoughts on this whole situation are best expressed in comic strip form:

Gayla Bieker 8 years ago

Where's this girl at & who is she? Why is the LJW & LPD protecting her identy? Let the people of Lawrence know more about her . The drama is over not, let's get the facts out....

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