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UVA-Wise student charged after lying about man, gun

A University of Virginia at Wise student who called authorities last week and allegedly lied about seeing an armed man on campus has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint.

Bryant Alexander Hairston, 20, of Martinsville, Va., was charged this week in a criminal complaint with one count of knowingly making false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representations.

According to the criminal complaint, filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, Hairston called 9-1-1 on January 23 and reported seeing a man on campus with a gun and wearing a mask. He went on to describe the outfit the man was wearing, his location on the campus and that he was holding a pistol.

As a result of Hariston’s statement, the UVA-Wise campus was placed on lockdown status. The complaint also states that Hairston later admitted to lying about the information given to 9-1-1.

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Virginia State Police, the Wise Police Department, the Wise County Sheriff ’s Office, the Pound Police Department, the Coeburn Police Department and the UVA-Wise Police Department.

Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer will prosecute the case for the United States.

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