An 18-year-old student was arrested Wednesday after police said she filed a false report that she was sexually assaulted on the University of Arkansas campus.
Julia Garcia was arrested on suspicion of filing a false police report and released from the Washington County Detention Center without bond, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Garcia’s arraignment is scheduled for May 30, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The woman on Sunday reported to police that she was sexually assaulted in the Garland Avenue parking garage on campus. Officers immediately began searching for her alleged assailant, a 6-foot-tall man with a muscular build, according to the University of Arkansas Police Department.
Garcia told police she was attacked from behind about 8:30 p.m. in the parking garage by a man wearing a black ski mask and a long-sleeved black t-shirt, according to a campus safety notification issued Monday.
The suspect allegedly forced the woman against a rail between the first and second levels of the garage in the west stairwell, the notification states. Garcia also said the man was wearing dark blue jeans and brown work boots, police said.
Garcia told officers she kicked her assailant and escaped, according to the notification.
Garcia is listed as a freshman on the UA’s online directory. She is also listed as a UA student on her Facebook profile.