BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — He made it all up. That's the official word from FAU's Police Department which now says there was never an armed robbery and carjacking on campus — that the victim, 25-year-old Vincet Philipps, is a liar.
Here's the official statement from Florida Atlantic University's Police Department, just released moments ago:
After an extensive investigation led by the Florida Atlantic University Police Department, it has been determined that the events of Wednesday, Oct. 23 did not happen as reported. There were no crimes committed on FAU’s Boca Raton campus as indicated by Mr. Vincent Philipps, a 25-year-old FAU student and resident of Coral Springs.
Mr. Philipps was not approached by five black males upon entering his car and was not forced to drive to a local bank and then Coconut Creek. He did seek medical treatment for injuries at a local hospital later that evening, but those injuries did not occur as a result of any incident on the FAU campus.
Mr. Philipps met with FAU police earlier this evening and confessed that he had fabricated the reported events as a cover for what actually occurred. He now alleges that he was battered in Broward County while paying off a drug debt. This remains an open investigation.
The FAU Police Department will work with the State Attorney’s Office regarding appropriate charges against Mr. Philipps. Although it is rare to receive false police reports, it is a serious crime as it distracts law enforcement officials from real responsibilities and other investigations. In this case, it also led to unwarranted concern by the entire FAU and Boca Raton communities. In addition, Mr. Philipps will be subject to FAU’s Student Code of Conduct disciplinary process.
Upon receiving a report on the evening of Oct. 23, FAU police launched an immediate investigation into Mr. Philipps description of the events. Despite the fact that the incident as told to police had occurred hours earlier, FAU activated its alert system due to the severity of the reported crimes.
FAU Alert is a robust system used to inform the University community of critical information in a timely manner. The health, safety and welfare of everyone at FAU are of the utmost importance and the University is committed to providing a safe learning environment for the entire community.
FAU utilizes its own, fully accredited on-campus police department. The Boca Raton Police Department was not involved with this investigation.