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ASU Updates Armed Robbery Attempt PDF Print
Written by Jane Nicholson, ASU News Bureau   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 10:47

Nineteen-year old Derek Wesley Scism, currently residing at 4019 Hwy. 421 N in Boone, was arrested by Appalachian State University Police Wednesday night and charged with  attempted  robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The arrest followed an incident that began around 7:50 p.m. between two acquaintances during which the victim, Charles Timothy Smith, a resident of the Red Carpet Inn in Boone, alleged that Scism had attempted to rob him of $20, money that Scism claimed was owed him by the victim.
Police report that Scism, his brother, Smith and another person had been “hanging out” at the university’s library, had gotten bored, and been making prank calls on the building’s security phone. Library personnel alerted campus police to their behavior, and when police arrived, the individuals had left the building.
Smith and Scism’s brother were located outside the library in an area near the College Street parking deck. When police began questioning the men, Smith reported that Scism had attempted to rob him. While initial reports alleged that Scism had a gun, no weapon was found following a thorough search of the area.
Neither Scism nor Smith are students at Appalachian. Both have been banned from campus.
Scism is in the Watauga County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond. A court date of April 5 is pending.
University Police is continuing its investigation of the incident.

University Police followed campus policies regarding a crime alert that was issued campus wide Wednesday night. On a day-to-day basis, the university operates under “normal” conditions.  If the university receives general information (non-specific) about a threat that may impact campus, the university may change the campus condition to “guarded.”  If the university moves to a guarded condition, the campus will be notified via e-mail of this change. Should the university receive information about a specific threat directed toward campus, the condition would likely be changed to “elevated.” Notification of a change to elevated is sent via e-mail, text and voice messages.


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