Johnson City

ETSU student charged with false reporting after robbery

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - An East Tennessee State University student is being charged after reporting that he had been the victim of an armed robbery on campus earlier this week.

18-year-old James Q. Wolfe was charged with filing a false report and conspiracy to distribute Schedule VI drugs by ETSU Public Safety on Thursday.

Investigators believe an armed robbery did occur on April 8, but that Wolfe withheld information when making his report. He will be disciplined by ETSU as well.

According to the affidavit, Wolfe admitted to detectives that he went to that area to sell the suspects some marijuana. After he met them, Wolfe says they pulled guns on him and took his money, his wallet, and the marijuana.

Wolfe said he reported the incident because he was afraid they would steal his identity. He told detectives that he was selling the drugs because he needed a quick and easy way to make some money.

ETSU said in a press released that their policy statement as a drug-free campus "prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol and illicit drugs on the ETSU campus, in the workplace (on- or off-campus), on property owned or controlled by ETSU, or as part of any activity of ETSU."

The April 8 robbery is still being investigated. The other student who was with Wolfe s not being charged.

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