University Police cancelled a crime alert yesterday after investigators determined that a purse-snatching incident never happened.
The crime alert, issued after a student reported her purse stolen on Washington Heights near the School of Public Health, was cancelled Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.
“The investigators determined that the incident did not occur,” said Diane Brown, the University Police spokeswoman. “There is now an investigation into the potential filing of a false police report.”
Brown said she wouldn’t comment on the details of the investigation because it’s ongoing.
The student who reported the incident first called the police Friday at 7:30 a.m. She said a 6-foot-tall black male with an “afro”, wearing a long-sleeved black shirt, dark blue jeans and black shoes, came up behind her and grabbed her purse from her shoulder as she walked near the School of Public Health.