A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student faces a criminal mischief charge for allegedly fabricating a story about being attacked near campus Wednesday by two men who yelled ethnic slurs and then stole her wallet and hijab head covering.
Khadija Altamimi, 18, was issued a misdemeanor summons for a violation of the city's criminal mischief law, which carries a penalty of up to $500 and 30 days in jail, according to Lafayette Police records released Friday.
She was not booked on the charge, and no court date had been set.
Altamimi could not be reached for comment on Friday.
News of the attack went viral after the University of Louisiana at Lafayette sent out an e-mail to students Wednesday evening with a description of the suspects that stated one was wearing a white "Trump" hat.
A University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who told police she was beaten and subjected to ethnic slurs by two men who then robbed her wallet and took her hijab has admitted making up the story, Lafayette Police said Thursday.
Lafayette Police announced Thursday that the student had made up the story, though no explanation was offered why she did.
The student's claim of being attacked was reported online Thursday morning by almost every major news organization in Louisiana and several national news outlets.