Muslim UTA student's claim of aggravated assault with a weapon was fabricated
A UT Arlington student’s claim that she was threatened by a gunman in one of the school’s parking lots has turned out to be false.
In a post that turned viral on Facebook, an apparent Muslim student named Ambreen Sharif claimed she was driving to campus on Feb. 11 when a white pickup truck decorated with “large Texas flags” began following her.
Sharif claimed the truck followed her for six miles until she parked, and then blocked her in by parking behind her.
She then stated a man got out of the truck, approached her vehicle and screamed “watch the f**k out, we’re killing all of you.”
She also said the man pointed a gun straight at her.
“I have felt no closer to death before,” Sharif stated in her post. “I also closed my eyes and said Laa ilaha ill Allah, Mohammudur Rasool Ullah.
“He could have very easily put a bullet straight in my face. He could have very easily killed me.”
Sharif's post had been shared more than 850 times on Facebook by Friday morning.
But a statement released by UT Arlington Friday afternoon says the entire incident was false and that it never happened, nor was Sharif even on campus that day.
“In follow-up interviews today, the student said the confrontation did not occur,” according to the statement.
The post had been scrubbed from Facebook by Friday afternoon.
University police worked with Arlington, Denton and University of North Texas police departments to investigate the alleged incident.
It’s not clear why Sharif fabricated the incident. Several people who had shared the post on Facebook made references to the recent shooting death of three Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
"We take these issues very seriously. The safety and security of all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said. "UT Arlington police work to ensure a safe campus, one founded on mutual support and respect. We will take decisive and appropriate action to ensure the well-being of our entire University community.”
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