FAU police: Student claims to be robbed while buying marijuana, was selling it

A Florida Atlantic University student first told police he had been robbed of $800 Wednesday after getting a ride from a guy he had just met at Town Center of Boca Raton.

Then, Kallel Hernandez told FAU police he had lied. He was actually buying marijuana from some guys when he was robbed. He just didn’t want to get him or his friends in trouble, according to a report released Friday.

Kallel Hernandez

Kallel Hernandez

Finally, after Hernandez let officers go through his text messages from that day, they got the real story: Hernandez was selling marijuana when he was robbed of $400 in cash and a quarter-pound of marijuana that afternoon.

Hernandez, 19, faces charges of making a false report, possession of marijuana and drug equipment. He remained in the Palm Beach County Jail early Saturday on $2,000 bail, according to county court records.

On Wednesday, multiple students reported a car driving erratically on campus and that they had been approached by Hernandez. Two students told police that Hernandez said he had been robbed, but when one of them pushed for further details, he said he had to get to class.

Police waited for Hernandez to leave class, then questioned him. The teen said he met a man at the mall and asked for a ride back to a campus dorm, Heritage Park Towers. On the way, one of the three men in the car pointed a gun at him and took $800. He said he had gone to an ATM earlier in the day, but could not provide its location or any proof he had done so, according to police.

Later that day, Hernandez was questioned again and told police he had lied. He said he never went to the mall or an ATM that day but was instead buying marijuana for a friend on campus when he got into the gray Toyota. When he went to take out a $10 bill from his wallet, someone in the car must have seen he had $400 – a different amount then he had initially stated, police noted – and robbed him at gunpoint. He said he texted a few friends and took a photo of the vehicle, according to the report.

Police asked if they could look through his phone, and he agreed.

In text messages between him and a friend, police noticed Hernandez had lied to them again. The teen wasn’t buying drugs when he was robbed. He was selling drugs, according to the texts.

Hernandez confessed, saying he and friends sell drugs from their dorm rooms and that when he went to sell the quarter-pound of marijuana for $800, the group robbed him of his $400 and the drug.

The teen allowed police into his dorm where they found more marijuana, rolling paper, a digital scale and other items, according to the report.

Hernadez, whom jail records say lives in St. Cloud, does not have any other criminal record in Palm Beach County, according to court records.

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