The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault reported to campus police April 5 did not occur, officials said.
Quinn Matney, a freshman, told police that a man grabbed his wrist and burned him early in the morning April 4 on the Craige Residence Hall footbridge. Matney said Monday that the attack left him with third- and fourth-degree burns.
Because his report was found to be false, the University will not report it as a hate crime, officials said. Officials have declined to comment on the motive behind Matney’s false account.
Billy Kluttz, co-president of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance, declined to comment on the incident. He said the group will not comment until after its Wednesday meeting when it will have a better understanding of the facts.
Jeff DeLuca, the group’s other co-president, also declined to comment.
In an email, UNC spokesman Mike McFarland said charges could be pending for Matney.
“The only other thing I can share is that the student is still enrolled at the University and charges are likely against him based on what the chancellor reported in the email,” he said.
Terri Phoenix, director of the LGBTQ Center, confirmed that Matney could be facing charges. She said she will be having several meetings with students and administrators to discuss moving forward from the incident.
“The way this has played out should in no way deter anyone who experiences harassment from coming forward and coming to the police,” Phoenix said.