Two weeks ago, a 26-year-old white man made headlines after claiming a Black man stabbed him because he had a haircut that made him look like a neo-Nazi. Now the man has admitted the entire story was made up.
Joshua Witt originally told Colorado police that he was getting out of his car at a Steak ‘n Shake in Sheridan when a man came over and attacked him with a knife.
“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 when the story was first reported. “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.”
However, on Monday, the Sheridan Police Department told BuzzFeed News that Witt admitted to stabbing himself and the attack never took place.
Apparently, authorities began doubting the story when surveillance video did not show anyone running from the scene. This did not stop the story from being picked up by other sources, including Inside Edition.
Last Thursday, police reinterviewed Witt and discovered he had filed a false report after taking pictures and posting them to social media.
“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 to making up the story about being attacked,” Sheridan police said in their statement.
Witt was charged with falsely reporting to authorities and released on a summons.