BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on reports of students being attacked on or near two college campuses (all times local):
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 “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.
Authorities at San Diego State University say two suspects who assaulted and robbed a Muslim student on campus targeted her because of her faith and made comments about the election of Donald Trump.
University police said Thursday they are investigating the attack as a hate crime. The woman was not hurt.
Officials say the assault occurred Wednesday in a parking structure while the woman was wearing traditional Muslim clothing, including a hijab.
The suspects stole her car keys, and the vehicle was later reported missing.
In a statement, SDSU President Elliot Hirshman denounced the assault, calling hate crimes destructive to the spirit of the campus.