Police: USF student arrested for lying about robbery

Posted at 9:22 AM, Nov 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-17 10:53:38-05

The University of South Florida police say a female student who claimed that she was robbed by two men on the school campus, has been arrested for lying about the robbery incident. 

RELATED | USF student reports two men robbed her of her jewelry near the Interdisciplinary Science Building

Fatou Gueye, 19, was charged with false report of commission of crimes. Gueye was arrested on Wednesday night and bonded out around 12:45 a.m. on Thursday. 

Police say Gueye is part of a group of four students who recently reported that they received threatening messages inside of their USF residence hall rooms on Election night. Police are still investigating this incident.

A text alert was sent to students on Tuesday night after the robbery was reported near the University's Interdisciplinary Science Building. Gueye told police that she was approached by two white men who stole her jewelry. 

Police investigated the incident and found that Gueye had made up the story. 

Officers want to remind students to keep in mind these safety tips while on the USF campus:

  • Walk or jog with a friend whenever possible
  • Stay alert and tuned-in to your surroundings
  • Walk or jog in well-lit areas; stay away from alleys
  • Do not listen to earphones while out alone, as this minimizes your ability to hear an approaching threat
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you will return