ELMHURST, Ill. (CBS) — An Elmhurst University student has been charged with reporting that a man with a gun was walking around campus late last month – when in fact, there was never any man with a gun.
Darnel Baalbaki, 25, of Bellwood, was charged Monday with felony disorderly conduct in filing a false crime report.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Another Wave Of Downpours Coming Early Friday Morning
Elmhurst police said at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, they responded to a single report of a man with a gun at the university, main street address 190 Prospect Ave. in the west suburb.
The university reported on its website that a person with a gun was found around 3:35 p.m. near the Dinkmeyer Hall dormitory. Half an hour later, the person was reported near Niebuhr Hall dormitory.
Those on campus were told to seek shelter in a locked room and remain in place until an all-clear was given. It took until just after 6 p.m. for that to happen, and no man with a gun was ever found.READ MORE: Frank Pietrangelo, Hero Of 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Says He Was Among Those Sexually Abused By Hockey Coach Tom 'Chico' Adrahtas
And on Tuesday, Elmhurst police said there was never any man with a gun at all.
Police said their investigation revealed that what really happened was Baalbaki – an Elmhurst University student – had met with a man in the university parking lot earlier that day to by methamphetamine. Baalbaki admitted that he took the methamphetamine without paying the agreed-upon price and then ran away from the area, police said.
Baalbaki admitted that he then made up the story about a man with a gun on campus, and admitted that he never saw anyone with a gun, police said.MORE NEWS: Shane Jason Woods Of Downstate Auburn, Illinois Charged In Jan. 6 Capitol Insurrection
Baalbaki’s bond was set in at $25,000.