Police: Louisiana student faces charge for false report of hate crime

By Doug G. Ware  |  Nov. 11, 2016 at 2:58 PM
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LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Muslim college student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has admitted to making up her story about being assaulted and robbed by two men near campus this week, which was investigated as a politically motivated hate crime.

Lafayette police now say the woman made a false police report and will likely face a charge herself.

The unnamed 18-year-old woman told authorities Wednesday that she was knocked to the ground with something metal and verbally assaulted with obscenities before the attackers made off with her wallet and Islamic headscarf, or hijab.

Investigators immediately looked into the student's story, which quickly was picked up by the national news media and caught fire on social media due to a purported connection to Donald Trump's election.

College police turned the investigation over to the Lafayette Police Department because the bogus incident was reported off-campus.

Authorities across the United States are investigating similar reports.

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