Alleged Armed Robbery a False Report

Posted January 30, 2015

UCF Police detectives have determined that a report of a strong arm robbery on campus Wednesday night was false.

Detectives responded to the scene and made contact with the female victim, who alleged that the suspects pulled their car up next to her, implied they had a weapon and demanded she hand over her purse.

No evidence indicative of a robbery was found at the scene, and the woman did not have much information about what took place.

In retracing the victim’s steps from that night, video evidence indicated inconsistencies in the woman’s story.

Upon further questioning, the victim recanted her story. She said she was never robbed but made up the story because she was fearful of telling her parents that she had lost her wallet on campus.

The wallet was recovered, but several items, including cash, were missing. That part of the incident remains under active investigation.

UCF Police will file at-large charges against the woman with the State Attorney for a false police report. She also will be issued a student affairs referral, which makes her subject to UCF’s student conduct process.

UCF students and faculty and staff members were notified of the alleged robbery Wednesday night via a UCF Alert text message and email.

“While we hate to cause any undue panic within our community, this incident is a reminder of the importance of always remaining vigilant about your safety,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary. “We take any crime that’s reported to us seriously, and our detectives are committed to conducting thorough investigations. They did their job well.”