A University of Louisiana student is now facing charges after filing a false report in which she claimed she was attacked by supporters of President-elect Donald Trump.
The 18-year-old woman, who is of Middle Eastern descent, called police on Nov. 9 and alleged that two white men, one wearing a Trump hat, physically attacked her while screaming racial slurs before stealing her wallet and headscarf, reported KATC.
Police in Lafayette began investigating the incident as armed robbery and a hate crime. But they soon found out the allegations were false.
"There were a lot of things that didn't make sense," said Lafayette Police spokesman Officer Karl Ratcliff, according to the Advocate. He said it was unusual that no one else witnessed an attack during a school day so close to campus
Initial reports of the incident went viral, leading to a slew of national news stories about a perceived backlash from white Trump supporters against minorities.
"We don't take this lightly, and it's made national headlines now," Ratcliff said. "There will be consequences."
Another report of an anti-Muslim crime occurred at San Diego State University when a student of Middle Eastern descent said two young men screamed racial slurs at her before stealing her purse, backpack and car.
"They were saying things like, 'Now that Trump is president get ready to start fleeing.' They proceeded to push her around and she wrestled with them," Alana Sharif, a friend of the victim, told KSWB.
"My religion, just being so visible, it breaks my heart that I'm such a target for most people just because of the religion that I choose," Sharif said.
Trump has campaigned on the idea that the U.S. government should issue a strict travel ban on Muslims from foreign countries, which has led many to describe his platform as racist and bigoted against Muslims.