Prince George's County police say the purported victim of a robbery last week in College Park made up the incident because she owed a relative money.
Teshauna Nicole Jones, 18, of the 8100 block of Baltimore Ave. in College Park was arrested Friday and charged with making a false statement to police.
Early on the morning of Feb. 5, units responded to the 4500 block of Paint Branch Pkwy. after a report of an armed robbery.
According to police, Jones told officers she had been walking westbound away from the College Park Metro station when a man approached her, brandished a gun, and demanded she empty her pockets. Police conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate a suspect.
When investigators reviewed surveillence footage from nearby, police said, they found that the images did not match Jones' account of events.
Detectives interviewed Jones again, according to the PGPD, at which point she admitted to fabricating the incident because she was in debt to a family member.
Jones is a student at the University of Maryland.