LAFAYETTE, La. (The Daily Advertiser)– The name of a Muslim University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who filed a false police report last week alleging she was attacked by a Trump supporter has been released.
Khadija Altamimi, 18, was placed under arrest and issued a misdemeanor summons for criminal mischief/filing a false police report, according to Cpl. Bridgette Dugas, Lafayette Police spokesperson.
On Nov. 9, Altamimi told police she was walking along Smith Street near campus when two white men attacked her, knocking her down, stealing her wallet and hijab, a head covering some Muslim women wear. She initially said one of the men wore a Donald Trump hat.
The attack was reported the day after Trump was elected President.
The next day, Altamimi admitted to police that she made up the story. But police did not immediately arrest her or release her name.
Dugas told The Daily Advertiser on Tuesday that the student’s name initially was withheld for her safety. Altamimi was not booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center so there is no mugshot, Dugas said.
With a misdemeanor charge, police officers have the discretion to take a suspect to jail or issue a misdemeanor summons to appear in court, Dugas said.
A charge of criminal mischief/filing a false police report carries a fine of up to $500 and no more than six months in jail or both, according to West’s Louisiana Statutory Criminal Law and Procedure.