UL student fabricated story of attack, robbery by Trump supporters; Police say

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. THURSDAY

The Lafayette Police Department said the student admitted to fabricating the story.

MORE: Police: UL student made up story about attack, stolen hijab


UPDATE 10:30 a.m. THURSDAY From The Daily Advertiser

The Lafayette Police Department said Thursday morning the victim is an 18-year-old Middle Eastern female.

The woman told police that two white males exited a gray sedan and struck her several times in the back, while yelling racial obscenities, police said in a news release.

“The victim describes the suspects as white males, but has not given a definitive clothing description,” police said. “There were no witnesses or video surveillance on the scene.”

The woman said the suspects took her hijab and wallet and then fled the scene.

Lafayette police detectives are working with University of Louisiana at Lafayette police to investigate the reported incident, the release said.


ORIGINAL STORY

LAFAYETTE, La. A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student told police she was robbed of her wallet and hijab Wednesday morning near campus.

Police say the victim reported that it happened around 11 a.m. in the 100 block of Smith Street, near Buena Vista Blvd.

A female UL Lafayette student reported she was walking to class when a dark sedan, with two men inside, approached her.

The student reported that the two white males got out of the car and hit her with something metal causing her to fall to the ground, then took her wallet and her hijab, a head covering worn in public by some Muslim women, Billy Abrams, UL Public Information Officer, said.

The victim reported that the men were wearing sweat pants and one wore a white hat or cap that had Trump on it, he said.

The suspects got back in their vehicle and drove off toward Johnston Street. The victim declined medical attention.

Cpl. Karl Ratcliff of the Lafayette Police Department added that the victim told investigators the suspects “were saying ugly stuff to her,” but she did not specify.

So far, no witnesses or surveillance video have been located to assist police, he said.

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