When questioned about inconsistencies in his story, police say Carelli admitted there was no robbery.
A student who called police to say he’d been robbed at knifepoint has confessed to making it all up. According to the UConn Police arrest log, UConn student Joseph Patrick Carelli of Marcellus, NY was caught in the lie after police questioned him about inconsistencies in his story.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Carelli made a 911 call to report he’d been robbed on Stadium Road. Police responded by searching the area, and putting out an alert to the campus community that the two “masked” men Carelli said tried to rob him had not been found.
Carelli gave a written statement to police that night with details of the robbery. The police report states that, “after a lengthy investigation, it was determined that the robbery Carelli reported was fabricated. The 911 call and written statement given to police was fabricated, leading police to commit resources to investigate a crime that did not occur.”
Carelli, who turned 19 on Oct. 8, was arrested yesterday on campus, at Hale Hall, at about 5 p.m.
He was charged with making a false statement, interfering with an officer, falsely reporting an incident and 2nd degree breach of peace.
He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4.
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