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Eric Lannon, accused scam artist, hits Richmond

Published: February 6, 2014, 3:28 am ET
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A man identified on Wednesday as Eric Lannon is said to have a history of theft and swindling, according to campus police. He has reportedly slept in at least four University of Richmond student apartments or houses and has received money, food, alcohol and clothing from numerous students.

“He seemed like a nice guy,” said one of the junior Richmond College students whose house Lannon stayed at Tuesday.

Lannon is believed to be from Richmond, according to various sources. He has been spotted on Richmond’s campus several times during the past three weeks, students report. All students quoted have asked to remain anonymous in the interest of safety.

A campus crime alert released Wednesday afternoon cautioned community members not to interact with this person, and to contact URPD immediately if he is seen on campus. Lannon was not in police custody as of Wednesday night.

Lannon is known to manipulate his victims into providing shelter, food, money and transportation under false pretenses, according to the police report. At least 25 Richmond students have confirmed that they have interacted with him in the past three weeks.

On Tuesday night four junior Richmond students met a man they later identified as Lannon in the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business. Lannon told them he was looking for his sister, whom he was staying with.

Lannon borrowed one student’s cell phone and computer but could not contact anyone, the students said. When he wasn’t able to contact his family by 4:30 a.m., the final student in the group of friends, identified here as Sam, was preparing to leave the business school.

“I felt bad for the guy,” Sam said. “I didn’t want him sitting in the rain.”

Sam said he offered for Lannon to stay at his house, gave him a sleeping bag and took back his computer.

When Sam got his computer back, he said he had started searching the Internet to find out more about his houseguest.

“I started reading these stories about how this guy is just ridiculous,” Sam said. “And I saw this picture and realized that’s him. And that’s when I was like, this guy definitely can’t stay here.”

The housemates said they woke Lannon up at 6 a.m. and asked him to leave. They argued for a bit and Sam drove Lannon to what he was told was Lannon’s family’s home, Sam said.

Lannon was spotted on campus Wednesday by one of Sam’s housemates, identified here as Larry. Larry said he decided to call campus police after reading online stories suspected to be about Lannon and seeing him again on campus.

“He just didn’t seem like a good person to be hanging around on campus,” Larry said. “I kind of thought, if someone doesn’t catch on and kick him out, he’s probably going to take advantage of someone.”

While on the phone with the police, Larry said he followed Lannon to the Carole Weinstein International Center, where several police cars arrived.

“All of these cops were pulling up, probably four or five of them,” Larry said, “but they never found him.”

Tuesday night was not the first reported sighting of Lannon on campus.

The first reported interaction with Lannon happened on Jan. 16 when he arrived at a party in one of the University Forest Apartments, said one of the residents of that apartment.

Another Richmond College student, identified here as Andy, met a man the next day who identified himself as Lannon. Lannon asked Andy where he should go if his friend had just been arrested. Andy said Lannon could use his computer to look up information for a police station.

“He said they weren’t going to release his friend until 6 p.m.,” Andy said. Lannon thanked Andy for his help and said he would figure it out from there.

“I felt bad for leaving him on his own and said he could hang out with me and my friends for the next couple hours and that I would give him a ride to bail his friend out,” Andy said.

Andy brought Lannon with him to his off-campus house, and later that night, Lannon called the police again and said his friend couldn’t be bailed out until midnight, Andy said. He proceeded to hang out, eat Andy’s food and consume alcohol, Andy said.

When the night ended, Andy said Lannon had not been in a state to take care of himself so he offered Lannon a place to sleep on his couch. Andy said that although Lannon hadn’t done anything to warrant concern, he was aware that a stranger was sleeping on his couch and proceeded to stay up all night. The next morning, Andy drove Lannon back to campus.

Several Richmond students have shared similar testimonies of interactions with Lannon during the weekend of Jan. 17. No information has come forward about Lannon’s whereabouts on campus between Jan. 18 and Feb. 4.

Contact staff writer Kylie McKenna at

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  • Eric Lannon

    Y’all were Lannon’d

  • custy noob


  • hay hay

    Eric, if you are reading this, go to Vaughan’s house. He still owes u from red rocks.

  • Slowporch

    Andy got Lannon’d

  • Bill McNamara

    about a year ago that kid pm’ed me and acted like he know some
    friends of mine. He then asked in another pm to send him my cell number
    and email and that he needed someone to pick him up at Orange County, CA
    airport. LOL kid I live 7 hours from there. and no I didnt send him my
    contact info

    • Bill McNamera

      Hey fake Bill McNamera, go to hell

  • Shazam


  • Woody Vaughan

    Eric – If you’re reading this, call me. Or just come by; you know where I live. You’re always welcome in my home, bro. Hope you’re ok!

  • Water head

    Tell Eric we found his keys, phone, and wallet.

  • Chason and Trace

    Hey Eric,

    We would love to have you come back down to Charlotte we had such a great time. Trace says he can’t wait for you to come back to the river with his family

  • Tad Cautious

    Never heard of him.

  • Lannon’s Helmet Hair

    Your snarky comments can’t even faze me. I’m an impenetrable fortress.

  • AZ Golfer

    If you need money, I’m in need of a maid. Must be willing to fill dishwasher and tidy up around the area.

  • Robert Brahatheon

    A Lannonster never pays his debts.

  • Paul Glace

    Eric Lannon slept with my mother after he convinced my father to give him his BMW.

  • GG

    He really doesn’t sound that bad.

  • Paul Glace

    Nice to see brosephina’s finally about to get what he deserves. He scammed a few my friends from a blog I frequent and it just ain’t cool. Eric, if you are reading this, I hate you. Never my bro, etc.

  • Leonard Washington

    I will buy you a 20 pack Mcnugget from Mcdonalds. The nuggets aren’t made from pink slime anymore,wow, that truly is amazing that they hand carve premium chicken breast then grind them up with seasoning. Do you want to meet up on the one on East Broad St around 5:30? I’m free for the rest of the evening to have marathon on Phillip Seymour Hoffman movies and drink Chardonnay ;)

  • Jester

    Richmond is almost as $hitty as Atlanta. New orleans 4 lyfe

    • SD

      Really? New Orleans? That’s a laugh.

  • pard

    rookie! i’d have told everyone i was battling pancreatic cancer.

  • Eric Lannons Helmet Hair

    Any of you guys have any wood tour extras? I’ll pay you double when I find my wallet

  • Jerry G.

    Obviously a total nod

  • Balls

    I judged a BBQ contest with this kid in Italy, where I also lived.

  • whatsdoneisdone

    This would never happen in Alabama

  • “squeaky” kean

    i have a proposal for you mr. lannon. please get in touch. also, if anyone can forward this to daniel slaton or chris sessoms, i’d be much obliged. i can help you fellas square deals. #LOD

  • Eric’s wallet

    Hey guise, tell Eric that I’m fine, just feeling a little bit sad that he always loses me :(

  • Burnie Rubble





  • Tony Blatant

    If you locate Eric Lannon will you tell him to contact Tony Blatant. Eric swindled me out of $20 dollars or so of change and a pound of deli turkey. I first met Eric at the Denny’s in Richmond and I was eating an all american slam. I caught him out of the side of my eye and noticed something unusual almost like he was wearing a helmet on his head. After further investigation it was just his hair that I further learned he only got it cut when it would be for free. “Haircuts?”, he said that night at Dennys, “Who needs a haircut? I can cut my own hair.” Anyways he comes up and gives me a high five.. I’m like who is this??.. Turns out we have mutual friends and he seemed like a okay brah. He proceeds to tell us how he lost his wallet and phone. He says his family left him there because there was an emergency that required his sister in law to go to the hospital to give birth. His says that was lame and he didn’t want to get stuck at the hospital with his family. He ask, where we live and he says he lives 3 blocks from us. He seemed a little drunk but so were we so my decision making ability and intuition wasn’t the best at that time. At this time he is sitting at the table with us. He casually took a piece of toast off of my plate without asking and then used the last strawberry jam packet on the table. This kinda irritated me. Anyways we agree to the ride then he passes out on the ride back so we don’t know what house he is staying in. We try to wake him up to no avail. We leave him in the car that night thinking he will just wake up and go home. Lord and behold the next day the dude is up and playing guitar hero singing along to the songs in annoying fashion with a grin on his face. How he got into the house I will never know. Honestly think he broke in with a credit card. I walk into the kitchen and Eric was hungry that night. All my sandwich meat was gone which was a little over a pound of mesquite wood cooked Boars Head turkey. I said Eric, How did you get in last night? Eric says, “the door was open I was too drunk to walk home” Then I said, “you weren’t to drunk to make a turkey sandwich.” Eric says,”Oh I thought it was about to expire, I thought I was helping you out.” Now I’m pissed. I tell him to get the out of my house right now to walk home. He says, he lost his wallet, keys, and phone. Can he wait for a roommate to get up?, Eric ask. I tell him no and to get out. He walks out the back. It turns out he took my change jar but didn’t notice until he was gone.

  • WDID

    Sonofabitch not only drank all my PBRs and ate all my hetty za, he stolt my haircut too. Really tough to watch actually.

  • NachoCheeze

    A key piece of information is missing here: did he have the red folder?

  • One Armed Steve

    Anyone seen Hopslam around the Richmond area?

  • Lanman

    Ahahaha U of R gettin hit by the Lanman… Tune in next week for more on the Lannon Saga

  • Frat Helmet

    I just tried to check in my hotel room in Sochi and Lannon was in the bed smoking a cigarette.

  • Eric Lannon
  • Eric Lannon

    I didn’t steel anything from any won

    People are just jealous of my fam fam’s $$$$

    and my bitchen hare style






  • Bill

    He’s like a lot of other Hampden Sydney douche bags just with no money.

  • Banny Rooster

    This is exactly what is so fucked up about this country. Just the other day I had some injured guy, with no teeth and no shoes beg me for money. He only had a flesh wound!!!!!! Get a job and take care of yourself. Every single day our guys at the dealership can barely get their work finished, we are hiring, yet no one wants to work.!!! This lannon guy, good for him. He’s at least happening to life instead of life happening to him!! Don’t you guys get it?? Sorry, if you’re dumb enough to be taken advantage of this guy then you reap what you sew, suckers !!!111!!! Hshahaahahahha!!!!!111

  • Paul Rosenburg

    Eric Lannon, this is one the producers from the Honey Boo Boo Show, we saw your story and are rather intrigued. We tried to contact you via Facebook. Borrow someone’s phone and call us up at 898-543-0986. We have some great ideas for some shows for you. One of our plans would be to drop you off on a Campus with nothing but a Swiss army knife and a hidden camera. You would then proceed to “Lannon’d” custy college kids. A week later we pick you up and edit the footage. The show would be called “Lannon’d” We realize once the first season hits with the success it takes on that your identity will be out nation wide. This is when we do a similar show to Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Please contact immediately

  • Michael Twilley

    Hey Lannon,

    I just picked up a heat sack and some jar bud. Meet me in my garage, bring the Ambien.

  • Really?

    Really?? You found out the guy was a criminal, and he was in your room, and your response is to LET HIM GO?!? Why didn’t you call the cops?

    Well, now he gets to go victimize other people. Nice job.

  • TruthNC

    TRUE STORY – I’m a NY transplant to Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach NC – Met this guy last summer – he showed up at a friends next door whos roomate knew him. He was drinking all their booze, and bragging about how rich his parents were – followed me next door and just grabbed one of my beers – I told him I was going to break his jaw if he didn’t put it back – Guy started tearing up and gave me a story how he lost his wallet in Charelston and blahblahblah – asked me for 40.00 and said hed give me a 100.00 in the morning if I drove him to BOA – long story I know but he even added me as a friend in the AM on facebook and messaged me that “He was leaving Josh’s” but asked me for my address to mail me 100.00 for the beers and $$ – Biggest scumbag I have ever met.

  • Mermz


  • Matt Pura

    That’s my father in-law!

  • Patrick Dabney

    This is not an Eric Lannon article

  • Colaguy

    He was at my friend’s house on Columbia, SC last football season!! He welched on a bet an stayed on the couch for 3 days. My friend had to trick him to leave.