It’s no doubt that the social and racial climate in today’s America is intense, especially after the tragedy which took place in Charlottesville a couple of weeks ago. Emotions are high and ‘certain groups’ are just waiting for any excuse to try and make things worse.
Cue this recent update on a recent video which went viral. There was a video which showed a white male describing how he had gotten stabbed because he was perceived to be a Nazi due to his haircut. The picture and video footage in his Facebook post displayed an open cut on his hand, lots of blood, and a huge bandage wrap.
Well after police investigated, it’s been concluded that he was lying.
Joshua Witt, 26, told police two weeks ago that he was getting out of his car in the parking lot of a Steak ‘n Shake in Sheridan, Colorado, when a man came over to him and attacked him with a knife.
On Monday, the Sheridan Police Department told BuzzFeed News in a statement that Witt admitted to making the story up after police confronted him with evidence that the attack never took place.
Witt, who posted his claims on Facebook, claimed that a man asked him if he was a neo-Nazi while reaching over his open car door to stab him.
“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.”
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.
“Where he was confronted with the 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,” Sheridan police said in their statement.
Witt said he called the police immediately but said they weren’t able to track the man down because nearby security cameras didn’t capture his face. He said he went to the hospital and received three stitches to his hand.
He was charged with falsely reporting to authorities and released on a summons. Witt did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.