Earlier this month, Joshua Witt went in Facebook and claimed he was attacked and stabbed by an unknown black person who mistook him for a neo-Nazi. According to Witt, he was stabbed because his “high and tight” haircut resembled that of various Alt-Right and neo-Nazi figures who’ve been covered in the media.
“I was just getting out of my car to go get myself a milkshake and the next thing I hear is ‘You one of them neo-Nazis” as this man is swinging a knife at my head over my car door,” Witt told BuzzFeed News at the time. “I threw my hands up out of natural reflex and then I kind of dived back in my car as the suspect took off running.”
But after police analyzed video from the parking lot in Sheridan, Colorado where the incident allegedly occurred, they concluded that the incident Witt described didn’t happen. After pressing him on the issue further, he admitted that he had actually stabbed himself with a knife that he himself had purchased.
Police became suspicious of his story because surveillance video did not show anyone running from the scene, as Witt had claimed, and because police found and interviewed someone who matched Witt’s description of the attacker, “who is a transient and lives in the area was cleared as a possible suspect.”
They also looked at video from a nearby sporting goods store, which showed Witt buying a small knife minutes before the alleged attack.
Last Thursday, police re-interviewed Witt.
Surveillance video showed Witt purchasing the knife he used to stab himself at a local sporting goods store:
Speaking to BuzzFeed, Sheridan police said: “[When] he was confronted with […] all the information listed above[,] Mr. Witt subsequently admitted to accidentally cutting himself with the knife while parked in his car in front of the sporting goods store and admitted making up the story about being attacked.”
Witt was charged with “falsely reporting to authorities,” and later released.
Watch CBS 4‘s report in the story below:
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