A female University of South Florida student who said two students robbed her has been arrested and charged with making up the story. 

  • USF police initially investigated alleged robbery on campus
  • Female student claimed to be robbed by two white men
  • Student Fatou Gueye admitted making up story about robbery, officials say

Fatou Gueye, 19, was arrested Wednesday following a follow up interview with USF Police detectives. According to officials, she admitted she made up the story and that there was no robbery.

At 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, USF officers responded to a report of a strong armed robbery near the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISA).

Police said Gueye originally told police that two white men in their early 20's stole her jewelry near the ISA building. Officials said Gueye told them the men engaged her in conversation, then took her backpack from her and her necklace fell to the ground as a result of the physical contact. 

After she admitted she made up the story, Gueye was charged with filing a false police report and was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail.

USF police also said Gueye is part of a group of four students who recently reported receiving threatening messages inside their USF residence hall rooms on Election Night. 

The investigation into that incident continues.