Police say USF student made up story about robbery

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The 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.

Fatou Gueye, 19, is charged with making a false report. She was arrested Wednesday night and bonded out of jail early Thursday morning.

Students expressed concerns about security after Gueye told police she was robbed Tuesday night. She claimed she was approached by two white men in their early 20s who took her jewelry.

Fatou Gueye
Fatou Gueye

University police are working to get the word out about safety programs. “We want to make sure that our students feel safe,” Renna Reddick, of the University of South Florida Police Department, said. “On our side, we try to push the information out as much as possible.”

Police pointed to the “SAFE Program.” About 150 students a night use this program to get rides from one place on campus to another. This way students don’t have to walk alone.

University officials offer apps that can alert police if a student fails to show up at a certain time. There are also blue light emergency phones, and the MoBull emergency text system provides notifications to the campus community.

 

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