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Police: Reported Campus Gun Threat Did Not Occur

December 12, 2013, 5:56 PM HST
* Updated December 12, 5:58 PM
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A reported threat involving a gun on a Hilo college campus Monday did not occur, police said today, and the man who made the report has been arrested.

Louis H. Bartlow, 25, of Kalapana had told police that he was an employee of the University of Hawaii at Hilo and that he had been accosted on campus by a man wielding a firearm.

An investigation revealed that neither was true, police said.

Bartlow was arrested today and charged with false reporting to law enforcement authorities. His bail was set at $500.

The original terroristic threatening case has been closed.

This was the second case of false reporting at the university in the past month.

A female student at UH-Hilo told police that she was the victim in an attempted sexual assault on Nov. 19 in a campus bathroom. The woman later admitted that the incident did not occur.

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