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U-Md. student arrested after falsely reporting being robbed

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Published on: Monday, February 11, 2013

By Jim Davis

Prince George’s County Police arrested a University of Maryland student after she falsely told police she was robbed at gunpoint early last Tuesday morning in College Park.

Just after midnight Feb. 5, Teshauna Nicole Jones, 18, reported to police that she was mugged at gunpoint on Paint Branch Parkway while walking home from the College Park Metro Station.

As a result of Jones’ report, police officers and a K-9 team responded and searched for the alleged suspect but could not locate anyone.

During their investigation of the robbery, police reviewed surveillance footage and determined the events described by Jones did not occur. Detectives subsequently re-interviewed Jones, who then admitted to falsely reporting the crime because she owed a relative money.

According to police officials, Jones was arrested Friday and charged with making a false statement to a police officer.

The Prince George’s County Police Department takes seriously all reported crimes and thoroughly investigates each such report. PGPD detectives made arrests in two recent cases in College Park. Police officers arrested three suspects on the scene of an armed robbery the morning of Jan. 27 on Baltimore Avenue. 

On Feb. 6, police officers apprehended a suspect for 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. The Prince George’s County Police Department works closely with the University of Maryland Police Department on all cases involving the University of Maryland.

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