Police say USF student fabricated robbery

UPDATE: News Channel 8 confirmed Wednesday night a student who reported being robbed on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa has been arrested. Police say the student made up the robbery story.

PREVIOUS STORY: TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Campus police are searching for two men after a female student claims she was robbed of her jewelry on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa on Tuesday night.

The female student told police she was walking near the Interdisciplinary Science Building around 9:15 p.m. when she was approached by two white men in their early 20’s. The victim campus police, the two suspects had followed her and even engaged her in conversation as she walked through the MLK Plaza area of the campus.

USF police released a statement Wednesday afternoon that said, “her backpack was taken from her and her necklace fell to the ground as a result of the physical contact. All of the victim’s property was recovered at the scene.” No weapon was used during the robbery.

Before the suspects got away, the victim was able to get the following suspect descriptions, which she gave police:

  • The first male was described as having shoulder length blonde hair and wearing a white shirt and khaki shorts
  • The second male was described also having blonde hair and wearing gray sweat pants and a dark blue shirt

Students like Miranda Mygrant first heard about the strong armed robbery on their phones, after the University sent out a MoBull emergency text message alert shortly after it all happened.

“That worries me that I could have been that person, I could have been her, walking and my class is right there…it’s terrifying,” said Mygrant.

News Channel 8 reached out to USF Police and a spokeswoman claims they will be increasing patrols in light of the robbery.

They also encourage our students to utilize the RAVE Guardian app if they are traveling alone.  This app has several features that allow users to turn a smartphone into a mobile safety device.

Another resource that is available to our students is the “SAFE Team” which provides free escort services to students [813-974-SAFE (7233)].  Students can also contact the Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention to express their concerns (813-974-5756).

The victim is okay and anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to contact the USF Police Department at 813-974-2628.

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