Two Georgia Southern University students were charged Thursday after police learned the armed robbery they claimed took place never happened.
The false report came after earlier investigations by Statesboro police for three separate armed robbery incidents and one armed robbery attempt Wednesday.
According to Georgia Southern University police reports, officers met with Christina Lauren Gaskins of Eagle Village, at Southern Courtyard apartments around 8:22 a.m. Thursday morning, where she told them she had been approached by three black men around 12:45 a.m. that morning. She said they showed guns and took her property, reports said.
Gaskins, 18, told GSU police she had been visiting her friend, Rayna Patricia Battle, of Shorter Terrace NW, in Atlanta, whom she said lives at Southern Courtyard, after having come from Cambridge Apartments.
She said she left Battle’s apartment, the men robbed her at a bridge near Knight Drive. Gaskins said she returned to Battle’s residence, but did not call police immediately because she did not have her phone.
Gaskins gave police detailed descriptions of the three alleged suspects, according to reports, making both verbal and written statements.
She claimed they had guns, and took her house key, phone, debit card and other ID.
Battle, 18, also gave statements, reports said.
However, upon further investigation, GSU Police Inv. Josh Barker learned the claim of being robbed was false.
“It was determined Ms. Gaskins was not the victim of an armed robbery…” the report read. “The robbery that Ms. Gaskins was describing occurred at …Cambridge/The Palms, at a different time and in a (different) manner than what was reported.”
Statesboro police investigated an armed robbery that took place Wednesday at Cambridge/The Palms apartments.
Both Gaskins and Battle were arrested and taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where they await bond and other court hearings.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.
Rayna Patricia Battle, 18, Shorter Terrace NW, Atlanta – false statements of writings, concealing facts of producing fraudulent documents.
Christina Lauren Gaskins, 18, Eagle Village - false statements of writings, concealing facts of producing fraudulent documents; false report of a crime.