Woman faces criminal charges after falsely claiming Trump supporters robbed her

LAFAYETTE, La. -- A woman will be charged with filing a false report after she admitted to making up a story about two men robbing her near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

Karl Ratcliff, spokesman for the Lafayette Police Department, confirmed the charge Friday.

The woman was previously identified as an 18-year-old UL student.

Ratcliff said the department would not immediately release the woman's name and would not provide an explanation for withholding her name.

Ratcliff said he had no further information on the case, including if the woman said why she made the initial report and why she later admitted to making the story up.

The initial report came in just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. The woman told UL police she was walking on Smith Street near campus when two white men attacked her, yelled racial slurs and stole her wallet and hijab, a head covering sometimes worn by Muslim women. The woman also initially said one of the men was wearing a Donald Trump hat.

The case was turned over to the Lafayette Police Department because it happened off campus.

On Thursday afternoon, Lafayette police said the woman admitted that she fabricated the story and that the case was no longer under investigation.

(© 2016 WWL)


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