LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– Owing a family member money, a University of Maryland student made up a story about being robbed at gunpoint and has now been charged with making a false statement to police.

Teshauna Nicole Jones, of the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue in College Park, was interviewed by Prince George’s County police shortly after midnight Feb. 5. Jones said she had just been robbed on Paint Branch Parkway as she walked home from the College Park Metro Station.

Multiple officers and a K-9 team responded to the scene and searched for a suspect. While reviewing surveillance footage from nearby cameras, however, detectives found the events Jones described did not occur. She was then re-interviewed and admitted to lying about the robbery.

Prince George’s County police have made arrests in two recent cases of robbery in College Park. Three suspects on the scene of an armed robbery on Baltimore Avenue were arrested the morning of Jan. 27. Officers also made an arrest Feb. 6. stemming from a Jan. 27 attempted robbery inside an apartment building in the 8100 block of Baltimore Avenue. The victims in both cases are University of Maryland students.

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