A man who told police he was shot during a robbery attempt lied, police said.
Dexter Michael Dorsey, 19, The Cove Apartments, told Georgia Southern University Police he was shot in the finger by two black males who tried to rob him on Malecki Drive, said GSU Police Chief Mike Russell.
However, investigation proved Dorsey was not being truthful, said GSU Police Capt. Terry Briley.
“An investigation conducted by Georgia Southern University criminal investigators revealed that the information given by Mr. Dorsey regarding the attempted armed robbery of his person and being shot in his finger on Maleki Drive was false,” Russell said Wednesday.
Dorsey had reported that two black males armed with a handgun attempted to rob him while he walked home Sunday and “advised that as he ran from the offenders he was shot in his left hand.”
But surveillance videos and other evidence proved Dorsey was not telling the truth, Briley said.
Statements he gave police did not match evidence, and also, Dorsey did not appear on video surveillance documents that covered the areas where he said the attack occurred.
“The University is well covered by video surveillance, and he was not there,” Briley said.
Georgia Southern University investigators gathered evidence at the alleged crime scene and other locations on and off the Georgia Southern University campus, Russell said. “The evidence collected, including surveillance footage, revealed that Mr. Dorsey had given false information to Georgia Southern University Police”
Dorsey will not tell police how his finger was injured, Briley said. He was treated at East Georgia Regional Medical Center after filing the false report.
He was arrested on Wednesday at his apartment by Georgia Southern University Police, charged with one count of false report of a crime, and was booked into the Bulloch County Jail.
Dorsey also has been banned from the Georgia Southern University campus, Russell said.
Briley said an armed robbery reported Monday around 1 p.m. on a walking trail near the Recreation Activity Center was a legitimate claim, and that investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding that crime is asked to contact Georgia Southern University Police or submit an online tip at www.georgiasouthern.edu/eagleeyewitness.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (9120 489-9414.