After investigating an alleged armed robbery in College Park, police found that a University of Maryland student made up the incident entirely in an attempt to pay off her debt to a relative.
On Feb. 5, Prince George’s police officers responded to the 4500 block of Paint Branch Parkway for an armed robbery. The report was made by 18-year-old Teshauna Nicole Jones, of the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park, but it turned out to be false, county police said.
Police said Jones reported she had been robbed at gunpoint as she was walking home from the College Park Metro Station.
Police officers and a K-9 team began searching for the alleged suspect but once officers reviewed surveillance footage from the area detectives determined the incident Jones described never happened.
Police said Jones later admitted to falsifying her story when officers interviewed her for the second time.
Jones falsified the report because she owed money to a relative and was hoping to be compensated for her alleged stolen possessions, county police said.
She has been charged with making a false statement to a police officer, a misdemeanor offense that can carry up to six months in prison and a $500 fine, according to Maryland sentencing guidelines.
The false report comes on the heels of two robbery cases in College Park, each of which led to arrests.
On Jan. 27, three suspects were arrested on the scene of an armed robbery on Baltimore Avenue, according to police.
Later Jan. 27, an attempted robbery took place inside an apartment building in the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue. County police arrested a suspect for that robbery on Feb. 6.
The victims in both cases were also University of Maryland students.
A defense attorney for Jones was not listed with the courts Monday, according to online Prince George’s County court records.
A phone number for Jones’ residence could not be located.