Archive for Monday, May 3, 2010

Obstruction charges filed in connection with Friday’s incident at McCollum Hall

Samuel Moore, the suspect in last Friday's incident on the KU campus appeared in court Monday to face charges related to the incident. Moore's bail has been set at $18,000.

May 3, 2010, 11:53 a.m. Updated May 3, 2010, 5:05 p.m.


A 20-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man accused of creating chaos on the KU campus made his first appearance in court Monday afternoon.

Samuel Lennell Moore has been charged with two counts of felony obstruction in connection with an incident Friday afternoon that led police to perform a room-by-room search of Kansas University’s McCollum Hall. The residence hall was shut down for more than three hours.

Moore also is charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were called to KU’s largest residence hall Friday afternoon, after a student told housing staff she heard an argument between a man and a woman in a neighboring room. She said she then heard a male voice say, “Where’s my gun?”

Someone else reported seeing a light-skinned black male run through the halls with a gun. KU officials this weekend said it turned out the person who reported seeing the armed man was actually Moore, and that Moore is believed to have been the person who said, “Where’s my gun?”

At Moore’s court appearance Monday, his attorney John Johnson said, “There is no gun, no one had a gun, I doubt anyone has seen a gun.”

During the incident Friday, KU activated its emergency notification system and sent e-mails and text alerts to students, faculty and staff. Many students were forced from the residence hall while the search was conducted. Some were advised to lock themselves in their rooms as police searched for a possible suspect. After more than three hours, students were allowed to return to their rooms when the suspect was no longer believed to be in the building.

When police first arrived at McCollum and 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.

KU officials said Moore told police he was visiting a female friend on the floor and intervened to protect the woman from the armed assailant. He also allegedly gave a false description of the assailant and used a fake name for himself when questioned by police. Moore, who does not live in the residence hall, left the building shortly after being interviewed.

Moore turned himself into KU police Sunday. After the Friday incident, he stayed with his mother and stepfather in Kansas City, Kan. Johnson told the court on Monday that Moore’s parents persuaded him to surrender and were with him when he did so.

Moore was also wanted for failing to appear in court on three other cases. One case involved a misdemeanor criminal trespass at Ellsworth Hall in 2009.

Moore is not a KU student.

According to Douglas County District Court records, Moore was sentenced to probation and pleaded guilty in two theft cases — one filed in 2008 and another in 2009.

Moore’s parents were in the courtroom Monday. They declined to comment on their son’s case.

Douglas County District Judge Sally Pokorny voiced concern that Moore had failed to appear before her on multiple occasions when he was ordered. “I regard it, I’ve been dissed by Mr. Moore,” she said.

Prosecutor Greg Benefiel asked that bail be set at $50,000. Pokorny set Moore’s bond at $18,000.

She further ordered that if Moore posts bond to get out of jail, he is to stay away from KU. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 14.


whats_going_on 7 years, 10 months ago

Someone else reported seeing a light-skinned black male run through the halls with a gun. KU officials this weekend said it turned out the person reported seeing the armed man was actually Moore and that Moore is believed to have been the person who said, “Where’s my gun?”

Does anyone else find this ironic and kinda funny?

Jeanne Cunningham 7 years, 10 months ago

Ironic - maybe, yes. Funny - definitely, no.

He is an adult. Lying to the police is a crime. The facts that he had several outstanding warrants appear to be his incentives for lying. Another irony. Now, he's in even more trouble...

And, according to other stories, his girlfriend (who lives in the dorm) also lied to the police, therefore, she apparently also committed a crime.

If you live or work on campus and/or have a child who does, this event had nothing at all funny associated with it.

sinks 7 years, 10 months ago

No, the funny part was that the police just bought the kids story. They didn't bother to get an ID they just believed what he told them.

BlackVelvet 7 years, 10 months ago

is it possible he told the cops he didn't have an id? or do you automatically assume the cops are morons.

sinks 7 years, 10 months ago

Normally I would assumed that the cops are morons.

Scott Winer 7 years, 10 months ago

The fact that it's so obvious to those of us with little or no law enforcement background makes it that much more baffling how the LPD could screw this up so badly. It makes you wonder what else they might have believed. This comic strip from the UDK addresses that exact point:

nlf78 7 years, 10 months ago

What about the girlfriend? She didn't tell the police the truth either.

BigAl 7 years, 10 months ago

I am going to assume you meant 'loosen' but either way, I didn't find it funny either. I have a daughter living in a dorm on Daisy Hill and her mom and I were very worried until I heard from her. She was told to remain in her room for a few hours while the search was going on. I also doubt if she found it very funny.

Gayla Bieker 7 years, 10 months ago

Why isn't the name of the girl being released? She lied and should be expelled from KU as far as I am concerned. She's the one that let Moore into her room and then lied to poloce to protect him......The LJW needs to release her name regardless of her age. We don't need students like her at KU, she's hanging with the wrong kind of people, criminals that is.

bad_dog 7 years, 10 months ago

Yes, a regular comedy festival that was-especially coming after the shooting tragedy at Virginia Tech. Even funnier is all the resources and payroll expended to conduct the search, and the worried parents and students. Whew-have to catch my breath... Not too many things funnier than a lockdown from a shooting threat.

Woo hoo, just a laugh a minute around here. Think I'll go find a funeral to chuckle about next.

anitliars 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually, I do not think that lying to the police is a crime. Falsely reporting a crime, however, is a crime. And in some other circumstances, you can get charged with a crime for lying to authorities (perjury, false oath, etc.). So it depends upon what you say. To whom. And in what circumstances. But if lying to the police was a crime, they'd tack that charge on to almost every single case where they eventually charge people, because rarely does a suspect say "I did it!"

Stuart Evans 7 years, 10 months ago

actually I think it's called obstructing justice. definitely a crime.

ebyrdstarr 7 years, 10 months ago

Not all lies to the police are obstruction.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 10 months ago

they are if it interferes with the investigation. there's a difference between not telling the police everything you know, and telling them blatantly false information.

ebyrdstarr 7 years, 10 months ago

Right, that's the distinction. But not all lies to police interfere with an investigation. I'm quarreling with your blanket response that "lying to the police is obstructing justice and definitely a crime." Lying to the police is not, in and of itself, a crime. And in this state, it's called obstructing official duty.

Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

What is the purpose of interviewing if you don't ask for ID? The fact that he was allowed to leave after being interviewed isn't funny, but demonstrates that the entire "investigation" was one big joke.

over_par 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually you were all wrong. Last I checked it was on KU's campus and likely KU's interview.

jaywalker 7 years, 10 months ago

Some interesting comments considering the recent Arizona development, would anyone agree?

bearded_gnome 7 years, 10 months ago

Moore's idiot girlfriend, "Bambi" should have much more than KU residence hall punishment applied.

yes it is illegal to lie to the police, it is called "obstructing the legal process," for example.

now, Moore is not being charged with actually having a gun in KU's precious little gun free zone. does this mean that KU doesn't feel it can prove he actually had a gun?

and, again I repeat: this proves how useless and dangerous the no guns on campus policy actually is. obviously Moore could have had a gun, breaking a law doesn't mean much to him. this policy only disarms the law abiding who might just be able to defend themselves against criminals like Moore.

how much you wanna bet Moore doesn't show for the next court date? $18000 bond? where'd he get $1800 to get out? or did he make bail?

no, not funny.

Brian Laird 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually, it shows how useful the gun ban is. With no gun ban, if someone sees (or hears of) someone with a gun, there would be no cause to report it or for the police to investigate. With the current policy, the mere sight of someone with a gun is probable cause that they are up to no good.

flux 7 years, 10 months ago

Please remove that goofy a$$ pic of him please.

yankeevet 7 years, 10 months ago

It was nice of him too turn hisself in to the authorities...........

Lowell Holmes 7 years, 10 months ago

yankeevet, it was his folks who talked him into turning himself in. So hopefully they will be responsible for his showing up for his court dates now since they were probably the ones that threw his bail.

naturalist 7 years, 10 months ago

I feel empathy for his parents. They sound like they had good intentions getting him to turn himself in. I hope they can help him get turned around.

WHY 7 years, 10 months ago

“I regard it, I’ve been dissed by Mr. Moore." Dissed?? Fo realz yo. Judge aint gonna let you front like that in her territory arite. Yous best be real now and shows some respect.

jafs 7 years, 10 months ago

Considering he had failed to appear before this judge numerous times in the past, I would have expected her to set his bail higher.

Centerville 7 years, 10 months ago

The girlfriend will flunk out anyway. Very few women are dumb enough to 'date' men with tatoos on their necks.

volunteer 7 years, 10 months ago

No blood, no bruises, but definitely a brouhaha.

The defendant was smart to have made the correct choice in turning himself in. Sounds like several people may have overreacted on this day. (Hey, I overreacted to the bird flu scare, it happens)

I recall this judge saying in a newspaper interview that she gets to hear the most INTERESTING cases. This has to one of them.

bad_dog 7 years, 10 months ago

Why don't you just ask him at the next scheduled appearance? May 14, 9 a.m.

Show up so you can satisfy that curiosity, Barry Cat...

Unstimulating Hypotheticals, Endless Hollow Rhetoric, Double Dog Dare Ya To Ask Him...

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