Student Who Said Men Beat Her and Stole Hijab Admits She Lied, Say Police

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
November 11, 2016 Updated: November 11, 2016

Police say a Louisiana college student has acknowledged she fabricated her report that she was assaulted and robbed of her wallet and Muslim headscarf by two men, one of whom she described as wearing a white Donald Trump hat.

The Lafayette Police Department said in a statement Thursday that it is no longer investigating the 18-year-old woman’s claims.

Earlier Thursday, police said the woman told investigators she was walking near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus Wednesday morning when she was accosted by two white men who drove up in a gray sedan.

The student had claimed the men shouted racial obscenities as they knocked her down and stole her wallet and the headscarf, known as a hijab.

According to The Advertiser, the student will be charged with filing a false police report.

The story made national headlines, appearing in the New York Times.

The department would not immediately release the woman’s name, and it did not provide an explanation.

Epoch Times contributed to this report.